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Best Home Renovations for Value

Posted on: June 26th, 2015 | No Comments

homes-for-sale-326998_1280Not all home renovations yield the same results. When you’re considering a home renovation, no matter how big or small, it’s important to analyze the reasons why you are doing the remodel. Many people choose to customize areas of their home to fit their needs and desires. This is great while you’re living in the home, but it may not always be the best option for resale. Here are a few home renovations that will give you the best return on investment.

 

  • Kitchen. Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “you’re not selling a home, you’re selling the kitchen.” This is because the kitchen is often a make-or-break feature for many home buyers. If you have a substantial budget, opening up a kitchen with a complete renovation can make the space feel larger and more inviting. Even if you have a smaller budget, updating appliances, cabinets, and a fresh coat of paint can help you see a decent return on your investment.
  • Bathroom. An outdated bathroom can be an eyesore for potential buyers. Get rid of any dated hardware, faucets, and tile, and upgrade to something clean and neutral. Try not to get too gender specific with coloring, especially in a master bathroom.
  • Attic Bedroom. Some homes have the perfect layout for an attic bedroom. While these can be expensive, they can return a fair amount of your investment, especially in a smaller home with few bedrooms.
  • Basement. An unfinished space in the home, such as a basement, is often the best place to enhance your property with a home renovation. Adding an extra bedroom and bathroom to a basement can increase the value of your home significantly.
  • Flooring. While this may not seem important, an outdated space with old carpet can feel stodgy. Renewing the home, or even just a few rooms, with a flooring upgrade can make everything feel clean and fresh.

Things to keep in mind when choosing home renovations:

  • Styles change quite frequently. Don’t renovate your home in a style that will be outdated by the time you want to sell. On the other hand, if you’re looking to sell right away, choosing something that is currently trendy may actually attract more potential buyers.
  • Don’t overdo it. It’s easy to get carried away with home renovations. Going over the top with updates in an older neighborhood won’t yield as high of a return as you might expect. Updates are good, but it’s important to know when enough is enough.
  • Keep things in balance. An updated room is great, but it can quickly be forgotten if the rest of the house falls short. If you have a budget for home renovations, commit a small amount to updating the rest of the home with a fresh coat of paint. Pain can make a huge difference.

Home renovations can be an exciting project or a major headache. If you are uncomfortable handling a project, we highly recommend you hire a licensed contractor. Also, before you start any home renovations, it’s important to research any permits you may need to acquire. When it does come time to sell, the home inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st® will be happy to give you an honest and thorough inspection of your home.

Safety During Small Bathroom Renovations

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 | No Comments

Small bathroom renovations can be fun and financially beneficial for a DIYer, but every home renovation should be tempered with a little caution. Renovation usually means taking out your handy tool box and loosening some screws here and there or dismantling something. And any time you dismantle something, there’s a chance to uncover a problem in the bare bones beneath. But for small bathroom renovations, it could potentially mean altering or damaging the plumbing as well.

Here are some cautions to take with small bathroom renovations:

  • Man working on a small bathroom renovation. Paint – Believe it or not, lead paint is a possibility inside the home just as much as outside. In a bathroom especially, baseboards with lead paint might peel and flake from the moisture in the air and over time create a serious health hazard. Remove old paint rather than painting over it to ensure this toxin doesn’t stick around. CAUTION: Lead paint is hazardous to breathe, and many states require a specific contractor for proper removal. However, if you elect to do it yourself, remember to:
    • Wear a mask.
    • Move all other objects out of the bathroom so they are not contaminated.
    • Cover any objects that can’t be moved with polyethylene plastic.
    • Cover the door with poly to contain the air contamination.
    • Shut off heat, air conditioning, and other ventilation systems.
  • Walls/Tile – Before you start breaking down walls to renovate or popping up vinyl tiles, be aware that asbestos could be lurking. Just like with lead paint, particles may be released into the air and cause a serious health hazard, putting you and your loved ones at risk for lung cancer and disease. If you find asbestos, you may be required to notify certain agencies, depending on your state. Either way, you’ll definitely want a professional to guide you through the removal process.
  • Plumbing – If part of your renovation requires something even as small as putting in a new toilet, there is the opportunity to crack pipes or uncover old or leaky plumbing. Older houses may even have clay pipes that become infested with roots or other debris and have cracked over time. To avoid flooding, sewer backups, and other costly issues, simply have an inspector check the system while the renovations are taking place.

If carried out correctly and with the right precautions, small bathroom renovations can pay for themselves. How? By increasing the value of your home. Not to mention, they can provide clean and fresh updates to old and inefficient layouts or conditions. In short, they can make your family more comfortable. So don’t be discouraged by the cautions; they are only meant to make sure your work turns out spotless and safe!

During small bathroom renovations, you might come across plumbing that you believe is old or inefficient. Or maybe you find mold and a leak behind some bathroom tiles. Carrying out the renovations on your own doesn’t mean you should deal with potential problems on your own. Before you cover up that mold stain or ignore the voice in the back of your head, Inspect It 1st! A skilled home inspector from Inspect It 1st can give you the peace of mind that your plumbing is solid or give you the knowledge you need to have it repaired. Small bathroom renovations may not be easy, but they can be done safely and help you keep your loved ones safe, too!

4 Great New Years Resolutions for Home Owners

Posted on: January 4th, 2013 | No Comments

nyhouseAt the beginning of the year, we’re all used to making resolutions for ourselves.  Most of us focus on improving our health (namely our waistlines), but there’s something to be said for resolving to improve your home.

 

That’s right – the beginning of the year is a great time to make a list of resolutions for maintaining and improving your home.  Keeping your home in a good condition and improving its value is the right way to protect and grow your investment.

 

Here are some great new years resolutions for homeowners:

 

Go green: The beginning of the year can be a great time to start new habits, and green habits can not only mean a more eco-friendly lifestyle for your family, they can also save you money.  For example, the New Year is a great time to commit to compact fluorescent light bulbs.  Don’t be put off by the price; these bulbs will last 10 times as long as incandescent, and according to the Department of Energy, swapping out 15 of these bulbs can save you $50 a year.

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