Any home remodeling job you undertake is going to be expensive. The bigger the project, the more expensive it is. Fortunately, something many homeowners never realize is that you don’t always have to pay for everything out of pocket.
There are countless government-sponsored home improvement loan and grant programs that fly under the radar.
The National Residential Improvement Association (NRIA) provides information about such programs. While it can be difficult sorting through all the options to figure out what you do and do not qualify for, an NRIA authorized contractor can not only do the work you need, but also help make sense of it all.
If you really want to get the best return on your investment, it’s important to make the most of it. Sometimes that means more, but the result is confidence in knowing the job will be done correctly. When trying to save money on home remodeling projects, too often homeowners make the mistake of trying to cut corners or settle for “good enough.” The problem is, “good enough” is not the same as “good,” let alone “great.” And “good enough” rarely pays its own cost. In other words, settling frequently results in you actually paying more in the long run—as well as potentially losing money you could’ve earned through resale—by necessitating pricey repairs.
Speaking of resale, unless you’re committed to the idea of living in the same house for the rest of your life, it would be wise to take into consideration the ways which certain remodeling projects may impact your property’s market value. Obviously, renovations should foremost enhance your own living experience, increasing comfort, convenience, and aesthetic pleasure. But, as a secondary concern, try to make alterations and additions that could also be used to attract future buyers. Examples include upgrading exterior siding, replacing old bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and adding central air conditioning.
When many of us think about remodeling our homes, our minds immediately go to all the new features and design elements we want to add. Many times, however, the most important renovations don’t require adding or subtracting parts of our houses, but instead maintaining what’s already there. No matter how high quality an addition to your home is, nothing last forever. Buildings age. Properties suffer wear and tear over time. Wires fray. Pipes rust. Screws loosen. Termites attack wooden frames and cause dangerous structural damage, while built-up moisture in ventilation ducts can result in harmful fungal mold. For these reasons and many more, upkeep is a vital element of home improvement.