Renovating is a great way to make your abode function and look better, but also increase the real estate value of the property. Like any other home improvement project, home renovation costs money and may be expensive. As a frugal homeowner, you will certainly want to get the most out of the money you spend remodeling your home. Although no two homeowners have exactly the same renovation goals, the nitty-gritties of planning for a home revamping project are similar in most cases.
Whether you intend to remodel your bathroom, kitchen or entire house, here are some nuts and bolts of the job to think through before getting started.
The structural soundness of the building
The first and most important thing to do before renovating your house is to determine if there are any underlying structural integrity issues with the building that demand your attention. This is because issues with the structural condition of your abode should always be prioritised over aesthetic ones. For example, it does not make good sense to fix a leaky roof without first checking the extent of water damage that has occurred underneath the roof.
The wood framing that supports roofing material may have decayed over time due to the constant dripping. If that is the case, the decomposed wood will have to be removed and replaced before the roof leaks can be sealed. In short, you should establish what structural integrity problems you're facing before thinking of aesthetic goals. Ensuring the safety of your home should be your number-one priority.
What to add and what to remove
"Out with the old, and in with the new" is not always the best policy when you are renovating. Though you can easily be smitten with the vast range of new home improvement products available, always remember that "new" does not always mean "better." For this reason, it is important to determine what additions are necessary and which ones you can do without. Likewise, you should establish what to remove and replace. Some things simply become obsolete and call for a newer replacement while others increase their value over time.
For example, replacing an old shower curtain with a glass shower screen will give your bathroom a more modern look. But refinishing instead of replacing your hardwood floors will help maintain the timeless look of wood in your home, while saving you lots of money that could have been spent removing and replacing the old floors.
With these crucial points in mind, you stand a better chance of maximising the benefits realisable from your home renovation project. For best results, speak to a home renovation expert about your remodeling plans, goals and targets.