No matter how much you may love your old house, the reality is that sooner or later, it’s going to be overdue for a fixup. Thinking about the costs of repainting and remodeling a home can be scary for those with no experience, but the reality is that a home makeover that is well-executed can add a lot of value to a home. And the truth is, any home that’s not kept up over the years will begin to look rundown, so why not take on a remodel and keep your valuable property looking fresh and new?
Financing The Remodel
Many homeowners use the equity in their home to pay for their remodel. If they are able to acquire a low interest loan, this can be a smart way to refresh the house and keep payments low. A good remodel will add value to a home, so this can be a win-win approach the whole way.
Find a Contractor by Going Online
Today there are many online resources that can be used to find a reputable licensed contractor. These sites have listings with local contractors that give examples of past projects, so homeowners can review the work before they schedule a meeting. Once the right contractor is found, a phone consultation can be scheduled. This will give the two parties a chance to really talk about all the details involved in doing a remodel, and to review the potential costs. This conversation should be open, honest and wide ranging. The homeowner should really talk about what they want from the remodel, and aim to get the most value for their money.
The contractor can also make suggestions for ways to achieve a great look for less money. Pre-made cabinets, for example, are much less expensive than custom, and they may look just as good. Some flooring materials (like hard wood) are pricey, but there are less costly alternatives that are durable and very good looking. These are all ways that an experienced contractor can help a homeowner save money.
When the right contractor has been found, an agreement should be made outlining the budget estimates and schedule. Once this has been done, it’s time to start creating that fresh and beautiful dream home.