Home Renovations That Pay Off And Those That Don’t
Home renovations are supposed to increase the value of your home, but how can you be sure that you’re spending your money on the right renovations? A common misconception is that upgrading your home has to be incredibly costly. Of course, it can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be!
There are plenty of ways to add value to your home that won’t break your bank. At Miller Construction & Design, we can help you maximize the value of your home while sticking to your budget.
It’s often said that a kitchen sells a house, and it’s true—The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where people want to gather, and tasty memories are created. As a result, the kitchen is often the first place that potential buyers want to see.
Renovating your kitchen can be inexpensive. Here are some simple, but effective, ways to give your kitchen a face lift:
- Update your cabinets with paint or replace them with new
- Replace old door handles, doorknobs, and faucet finishes
- Replace old ceiling lights
- Replace or add a new tile backsplash
- Update the color of the walls (for smaller kitchens keep your colors lighter to give the illusion of more space)
- Install under-cabinet lighting (It’s cheaper than you think!)
Bathrooms (especially the Master)
Bathrooms are an important feature in a home and subtle changes can have a big impact. Avoiding costs can be easy unless significant work needs to be done on the existing plumbing. Easy ways to renovate a bathroom include:
- Replace the shower door or update the shower curtain
- Replace the faucets (the sink(s) too, if you really want a difference!)
- Update the lighting
- Replace the toilet
- Update the bathroom cabinets
- Add cabinet storage
- Resurface the bathtub and/or shower
- Update the bathtub and shower fixtures
- Repaint the walls and tiles
Floors and Surfaces
Upgrading your home doesn’t have to mean living in a construction zone during the process. Revamping your floors can involve ripping them up and replacing them. But it could also be as easy as getting your floor professionally refurbished which can give you the same effect at a fraction of the cost. Taking a look at what surfaces may be hiding underneath your carpets, may also be a pleasant surprise for the value of your home.
Is There Such a Thing as Too Fancy?
The neighborhood you live in, and the surrounding homes, are the main resource used when determining the value of your home. A substantial investment in home renovations may not pay off if they do not match the neighborhood. Families looking for affordable accommodations may be turned off by the price, while individuals with a bigger budget will be looking elsewhere.
Adding an extra room, at the expense of green space, is not a decision that should be made lightly. Decreasing the lawn space may hurt the value of your home, rather than help it. The best way to determine which would be more beneficial is to look to those around you. For your renovations to pay off, they need to be consistent with the other homes in the area.
Our lives have become fast-paced and jam-packed. Don’t let home renovations stress you out! Our experienced team at Miller Construction & Design would love to be a part of your home design journey. If you’re looking at renovating your home but don’t know where to start, give us a call, we’d love to help!