A renovation will make your house more attractive, more valuable and more livable – when it’s finished. The process of remodeling, however, can be expensive and stressful. Doing it at the right time and for the right reasons is the key to a successful makeover. Make sure to ask yourself the following questions.
Do You Plan to Sell, and if so, When?
Renovations that are designed to increase the value of a home can be the same as those that are designed for comfort or aesthetics – but not always. If you’re doing a renovation as an investment, the most common room in the house to be a candidate for a makeover is the kitchen, followed by the bathroom. These two rooms are the most likely to boost reasonable asking price for sellers.
Can Your Lifestyle Be Interrupted Right Now?
Renovations can be intrusive and take longer than planned – especially in “functioning” rooms like the kitchen. With entire rooms sealed off, strangers traipsing in and out, electricity interrupted and appliances off limits, renovation jobs can present a major headache. Ask yourself if it’s the right time of year depending on when your kids are in school, your vacations are planned and your work schedule is the busiest.
Have You Chosen the Right Contractor?
The most important part of any renovation is the contractor who does the work. Incompetent or unscrupulous contractors who perform shoddy work take longer and cost more than they should, and their work can require costly repairs. Good contractors keep the homeowner informed throughout the process and develop a plan before work starts to make sure the job goes smoothly.
Renovations are a major undertaking that can cost tens of thousands of dollars and disturb a home for weeks or even months. Choosing a reputable, capable contractor is your first step. But you have to also ask yourself if the time is right for a renovation, if you can afford it, and the reason you’re remodeling in the first place.
Thomas Goldberg is a freelance home improvement writer. He covers interior remodeling and construction for top content sites such as MediaShower.com.