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The Ins and Outs of Home Renovation
You know your Gainesville home needs some work, perhaps lots of work, but you aren’t quite sure how to get started. Home renovation is a major job, and it might scare you a bit even though you’d like to pursue it. In that case, Payne Construction Group invites you to read on to learn about the ins and outs of home renovation so that you can more confidently tackle your projects.
Make Your Plans
Your first step in any home renovation project is to make your plans. Begin by creating your budget. Take into consideration your current income and expenses and how much debt you already have. Think carefully about how much you’re willing to borrow and how much you can comfortably pay back. You might also get your home appraised so that you can determine if your renovations will increase its value. When you’ve done all this, decide which renovations you can afford and are willing to take on. You might have a long list of possibilities, but narrow them down to what’s manageable.
Connect With Your Contractor
When you’ve determined your budget and the scope of your project, connect with a contractor. Do some research online to learn about services offered and to read reviews. Then meet with a couple of contractors in person to discuss your project and get quotes.
You might be surprised at the software contractors use these days to provide you with estimates. They can use apps to estimate everything from new flooring to kitchen remodels to roofing projects. On the latter, for instance, using a roof estimator app can help contractors calculate your roof’s surface area and other measurements and then plug in local cost information to give you a good estimate for materials and labor. This type of software can even include tax figures and custom pricing.
Upgrade Your Kitchen
One of your projects might be an upgrade to your kitchen, especially if you’re planning to sell in the near future. There are pros and cons here. You might end up with a spectacular kitchen, but you might also invest so much that you price yourself out of your neighborhood. You’ll have to find a balance. Be aware that kitchen upgrades are expensive, and set a limit for yourself. Then adjust with less expensive materials, or postpone part of the project for later. Instead of replacing kitchen cabinets, for example, paint or refinish them.
Other Remodel Possibilities
Also be aware of other common remodeling possibilities. You might create a new home office, for instance, remodeling part of your basement or a spare bedroom. Be sure you have good lighting and plenty of privacy and quiet so that you can work efficiently. Consider installing a new HVAC system, upgrading your electrical system for efficiency, renewing your bathrooms, replacing your flooring, or even sprucing up your interior with a new, creative design. The possibilities are endless. Just be sure to stay within your budget.
Enjoy Your New Home
A home renovation can make a huge difference in the comfort and style of your house, and it can also improve your quality of life. So get started today so that you can enjoy your new home. Visit the Payne Construction Group website for help with remodeling and renovation projects for your home.