Home Renovation Tips

Renovating or remodeling a home can be a major undertaking that takes time, energy and money.

And whether we have many skills or no skills in the home improvement department, we all need to perform some basic planning and budgeting to successfully see a project through.

Let’s talk about home renovation tips.

Home Renovation Tips

What Is The Difference Between Remodeling And Renovating?

For many of us the terms are interchangeable, but for professionals working in these industries, the terms actually mean two different things.

Basically a renovation refers to restoring something to a previous state, while a remodeling refers to creating something new.

What’s The First Thing You Should Remodel In A Home?

The kitchen should always be one of the first projects to do because homeowners want to make a good first impression, and it’s one of the rooms where guests and family alike spend the most time.

A kitchen renovation will generally include new cabinets, appliances, countertops, flooring and sometimes the layout, to open up more space.

Can I Do Home Improvements On My Own?

Consider your own skills and abilities carefully and honestly. Many of today’s home improvement products are designed to make it easy for the average person, but other projects will require specialized skills. 

Watching how something is done on YouTube, although it can be a great resource, isn’t the same as having practical experience. 

Getting in over our heads can potentially end up costing more money than hiring a professional in the first place.

Do I Have The Time To Do My Own Renovations?

If you don’t have the extra time to work on the project, then don’t start the work.

Significant home repair projects can require a lot of our time to complete. And if the work disrupts our daily routine, delays can become a real issue. 

Before committing to doing it yourself, be realistic about how much time the work will take. 

How Do I Plan My Own Renovation?

  • Create a renovation priority list.
  • Do the research.
  • Set a budget.
  • Plan your timeline.
  • Understand local bylaws.
  • Hire a reputable contractor.

What Adds The Most Value To A Home?

  • New front door.
  • Windows.
  • Flooring.
  • Bathroom remodel.
  • Landscaping.
  • Adding a fresh coat of paint.
  • Updated kitchen appliances.
  • Garage door replacement.

What Renovations Bring The Most Value To A Home?

  • Create an addition to the home.
  • Redo the kitchen.
  • Renovate a bathroom.
  • Update the home’s HVAC.
  • Highlight outdoor living space.
  • Make your home more accessible.
  • Update light fixtures.

What Renovations Decrease Home Value?

Some home improvement projects to avoid because they may decrease the value of your home: 

  • Adding too much wallpaper. 
  • Having built-in electronics. 
  • Too much carpeting.

How Do I Modernize My Home?

Easy Ways to Update Your House:

  • Upgrade the light fixtures.
  • Upgrade appliances.
  • Refresh the walls, flooring, and countertops.
  • Design a consistent colour scheme and layout.
  • Update the interior lighting.

What Renovations Are Worth Doing?

Commonly seen upgrades include landscaping, lawn care, replacing garage doors or the front door, and cutting back shrubs and overgrown yards. Those enhancements tend to be worth it.

About 94 percent of realtors encourage their sellers to try and improve their curb appeal before listing their home. (Source: www.housebeautiful.com)

Final Thoughts

Making your home more efficient, adding square footage, upgrading the kitchen or bathroom and installing smart-home technology can all help increase its value.

Curb appeal also says a lot about our home, and there are several outdoor home improvement projects we may be able to do ourselves if we have the time.

We can also enjoy partaking in landscaping and gardening activities at our own pace, while getting the benefits of outdoor exercise.

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