Archive for June, 2010

Remodeling can increase value of your home

Remodeling your home subtly or in a major way will increase the value of your home in one way or another. Making a change today in the appearance of your home will help increase the value of your home effectively. Let it be changing the landscape of your home, rearranging furniture in your home, cleaning and riding your home of clutter, painting or adding wall siding, adding window fixtures, updating a room, or a major renovation project; these types of additions and updates will add value to your home in the end and is well worth the job if well done.

Starting with curbside appeal is ideal when increasing the value of your home. When a prospective buyer walks up to your home their first impression is the exterior of your house; landscaping, window treatments, and the exterior in regards to paint or your home’s siding. Making simple changes like clipping hedges, mowing the lawn, or adding a nice coat of paint to your home will do the trick.

The inside of your home is of great importance as well. You want your home to look roomy and updated as well. Making it roomy is simple with added organizational space, like making a useful shelf in a closet that isn’t used much or adding new kitchen cabinets that look nice and are more functional then what they were used for before are great added steps in remodeling your home to increase the value.

No matter what you do to update your home, big or small, this will being comfort to your living situation and will also increase the value in your home. Ultimately, this is an added benefit to you as a home owner and to your prospective buyers in the future.

Remodeling a room verses remodeling an entire house

Many want to remodel their homes for different reasons. Some think of remodeling for change and improvement in their own lives while others think of the proceeds a remodeling job could bring them when it comes to selling their home. Dependant on the reason for your remodeling deciphers the measures in which you should take in completing a remodeling task for your home.

Selling your home or for your own comfort one must decide on taking on a minor projects or a big projects. Should you remodel a room or your whole home? If you plan to reside in home to enjoy the remodeling benefits, in case you don’t receive your full return of cost from remodeling, then the sky is the limit depending on the time and cost that you have budgeted for. If you aren’t residing in the home that you plan to remodel it is best to do minor projects so that you don’t waste your time or your money. In doing minor project in remodeling a home you plan to sell, you can ensure that the return for the cost of the minor project will pay for itself.

Do your research as to which remodeling jobs are expected to decide what type of return you should expect on a remodeling project. As an example a minor kitchen remodeling project could give Connecticut a 125% return in project cost as it may only provide California a 98% return. This is just an example. Different projects are expected to bring different return amounts dependant on how the market is going in your general location. Kitchen and bathroom remodeling jobs offer the highest return percentage overall. Custom deck installation and converting basements to living space do very well too.

Keep in mind that times are changing all around us, don’t do too much and don’t do too little when it comes to remodeling your home. Remodel for your comfort and to enjoy but keep cost and the rate of the returns the project will bring you to mind as well. Most important do your research and enjoy yourself.

Using Green materials in remodeling

There are many benefits in using green materials in remodeling your home with companies that are going green in this day and age. Using green materials in remodeling your home can help you save money, helps mother earth, and makes you feel better as a whole because your would be doing the right thing. Besides the great benefits in using green materials to remodel your home there are many green materials to chose from.

Are you interested in new flooring for your home? If new flooring is your next project there are many options in going green today. Bamboo requires no fertilizers or pesticides and that alone is a big deal, also, using bamboo as a flooring option is great because there are different types and finishes to choose from. Cork is a great alternative in flooring your home. Cork is 100% recyclable because it comes from the production of wine corks, imagine that. Cork is a great option because it is fire and stain resistant as well.

What about your homes electrical needs? There are electrical companies that want to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Indoor and outdoor lighting, fire alarms, doorbells, ceiling fan, appliance wiring, outdoor speakers, home theatre, lamp replacement… you name it, there is way to help you save cost and reduce your carbon footprint in your electric needs.

Don’t just stop there; there are other ways to use green materials and service. Do your research and do your best in going green. There are many options available when it comes to remodeling your home and going green. No matter the task, just ask if your next remodeling project could be a project in saving our earth in any way, shape or form. How will you be going green today, please share by commenting below.

Time for landscaping, Basic things to think about

It’s almost summer time and it’s well about time to start thinking about some basic landscaping changes or additions to your home. Landscaping doesn’t just involve a basic lawn mow and hedge shaping duty, but consist of many other projects that can add to your home, Adding an outdoor kitchen, building a patio, walkway, fountain, deck, swimming pool, or cabana can do the job as well. Maybe you’re more interested in adding plants and ponds to your current landscape design.

The project can be big or small when it comes to landscaping the exterior of your home. It doesn’t matter the reason for landscaping, getting ready for an event, trying to add value to your home, wants something more pleasing to the eye, or want a relaxing yet functional landscaped plan for your home. Your home and you as a person will benefit regardless of the reasoning you have for working on a landscaping project.

Using a professional is a great idea to get your landscaping dreams plotted and planned out. After you have a plan in place and the major changed worked out it is always great for you to relax and enjoy the outdoors planting some basic plants in your yard to create the yard of your dreams. Not only will planting a variety of plants relax you and be pleasing to your eyes, but you will be exercising at the same time.

Get ready for the yard you’ve always sought after. Reward yourself to the many benefits that a beautiful yard will bring to you. Sit outdoors watching the birds fly by, planting flowers, or bask in the sun and enjoy the fruits of your labor. How will you start on your next landscaping project? Please share by commenting below.