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Top Five Home Improvement Considerations

Before you start your next home improvement project, there are five major considerations you must take into account. These include budget, skills, labor, foundations, and design. So, prior to your first trip to the hardware store and long before you even pick up a hammer, go over in detail each of these five considerations one-by-one. Keep reading to learn how to evaluate the five critical home improvement project factors.

Budget

Before you begin planning, set out a budget for yourself. Once you have a set amount in your mind, then start generating ideas and getting price quotes. When you’re drawing up your final budget and cost estimates, always add at least 10-20%. This “slush” will cover most of your unexpected expenses including extra labor, weather delays and additional materials. Almost every project goes over budget, so it’s best to accept and plan for it from the start.

Skills

If you’re planning a do-it-yourself home improvement venture, take an honest inventory of your skills ahead of time. Make sure you understand what you’re doing and know the work involved. Little is worse on a home project than wasted materials and a job that has to be redone by a professional because a do-it-yourselfer got in over his head.

Labor

If you think the project is more involved than your level of competence, give serious consideration to hiring labor. Before bringing on a contractor or even a day laborer who is simply there to help you paint or pour concrete, check the person’s references. Also, conduct a brief interview to make sure you’re working with someone you can trust. When hiring labor, try to be on-site as much as possible. It keeps the work moving forward and makes you accessible to answer questions or solve problems. Your presence also provides additional motivation and accountability for the worker you hire.

Foundation

There is the actual foundation of your house, which for most homes is the underground, concrete foundation that holds your home in place. However, there are also foundational, or core, functions that go into a house – structural, plumbing, electrical and ventilation. When starting a major home renovation, that is a good time to look into revamping or updating those four areas. For example, while you’re ripping down walls anyway, consider this an opportunity to install better insulation and tight-seal windows.

Design

Before you begin a home improvement project, especially one that’s going to be done in stages, verify that all your pieces fit together. If you’re updating the kitchen in a modern and contemporary style, for example, check whether it will fit with your country barn plans for the living room. If you’re stuck for ideas, one option is to hire an interior designer for a consulting session and ask that individual to come in for an hour or two to provide ideas about the best way to use your space. Interior designers are not normally cheap, but in the end their expertise is well worth the cost.

Top 5 Home Improvement Ideas

One of the things that I am amazed at is how many people allow their homes to be in such a state of disrepair and weathered looking until it comes time to sell their home. I did this with the first home I lived in, and after getting the house ready for sale, I realized what a nice looking home we actually had. With just a few, low cost projects, you can not only enjoy the home you have now, but you can increase its value at the same time. Here are five ideas that you can start on this weekend.

The first tip is always the easiest and cheapest, which is paint. Take a walk through your home and look at the ceilings. I would imagine they need some fresh white paint to help brighten up the room and give your rooms a cleaner look. You may want to keep the walls the same color as they are now, or you may want to change the look all together with a new color. Another idea, especially in the kitchen, is to paint one wall a different color as an accent. Paint is always one of the best ways to make the biggest difference.

The second tip is to go outside and look at your landscaping (or lack thereof). Trim the bushes so they are not blocking the windows. Remove some bushes if it is highly overgrown, or add some bushes if it is bare. One thing I have done is to drive in some nicer neighborhoods and found one or two houses that I liked the landscaping, and then went home to try and replicate what they had done. Also, plant grass in the bare patches of your yard. Dirt yards are not attractive.

The third tip is also low cost and similar to the second. Most homes lack color outside. They could use flowers or other features to add color to the outside of their home. Or, their trees have such low hanging branches that the color is hidden. First, trim the low branches to raise the canopy of your tree. Second, add some color with shutters, flowers, garden flags, a colored front door, etc. The overall goal of tip two and three is to give your home better curb appeal.

The fourth tip is to go back indoors and look at your flooring. For less than $1,000 you can usually tear up the carpet and add a nice wood floor, or even replace the carpet with a high quality carpet. We have a carpet warehouse that still charges by the square yard. Beware of the popular home improvement stores that charge by the square foot. It makes it much more expensive. I was able to replace three bedroom carpets with high quality carpet for less than $1,000. New flooring modernizes your home in unimaginable ways.

The final tip is to do some tile work. Tile work is actually much easier than you might think. I removed the linoleum in the bathrooms and installed tile floors. I made the bathrooms look cleaner, more modern, and greatly improved the value of our home. I also added a tile back splash in our kitchen. Both were weekend projects. Each bathroom was less than $300 for the tile, grout, adhesive, and rental of the tile saw. The kitchen back splash was half that cost.

Almost all these tips can be done by yourself and are fairly inexpensive. It may be that you can do one of these projects ever three to six months. Within a short time you will have modernized many of the features of your home and made living in them more enjoyable. I can guarantee that your friends and neighbors will compliment your improvements and will inspire them to make the changes too.

Effective Home Improvement and Kitchen Remodeling

Choosing the right home builder is a process that requires a great deal of comparing because of its everlasting nature. This is to mean that the home builder you chose need to provide you with a final product that will withstand time and fashion and at the same creating an indelible impression on you, your family and your guests. So next time you are shopping a home builder to spruce-up your home together with your kitchen, let perpetuity among others top the list of the requirements to look for in a home builder. Companies specializing in both bathroom remodeling and kitchen remodeling like Divisions Unlimited Inc and several other which can be searched easily in the internet are some of the best to go for because they can be trusted to deliver the required results through their insightful and innovative team of accomplished professions.

Several reasons can be attributed to the desire by home owner to institute various home improvements/home remodeling in their home from the lowly of estate to one where the high and the mighty reside, but all strive to achieve the same thing from whichever locality they might be conducted. Home improvement include anything that fall in either of this category, installation of windows, doors and other accessories, improving on your drainage by adding new drainage vehicles, adding an extension of a veranda or an exterior remodel on the main building, in short any improvement that is value adding to your structure and your lifestyle.

Property agents and designers will tell you that for you to generate the necessary interest on your property when you intend to dispose it or to give it a new look; you need to create an attractive appearance. There are those who think that remodeling as to be involving and spectacular, that is not always the case, the fact that a bathroom remodeling exercise is extremely ambition, for, instance, counts very little in terms of the impact it make to you as an individual and to the outside world.

Your home is not complete without your kitchen; the same thing applies to the appearance. Therefore kitchen remodeling is as vital as the home improvements, with countless advantages attached to it. The best home improvement plans are the ones that guarantee you kitchen an appearing design produced from some of the best quality material and other necessary elements that will withstand years of wear and tear at the same time providing your household with a room that functions effectively. Your kitchen being one of the highly used room, it’s imperative to put into consideration the usage of the space, the exact kind of design that will produce effective results, this should come before any work pertaining kitchen remodeling is commenced.

Bathroom remodeling is another very important task that needs to be carried out with professionalism. Weather it’s the counter top, bath tab or vanity you are replacing, or you’re redoing the whole room, plan meticulously on the best bathroom design that will work for you.