Tips for Keeping Your Home Renovation Projects Within Budget

Owning a home requires paying for home repairs and improvements every so often. Major renovation projects, however, will take some more planning and preparation. It is very easy to go over budget on home remodeling plans, so here are some tips on how to curtail the spending but still get the updates you want.

#1: Take time to plan.
As a homeowner, there is almost always a to-do list of things that you want to complete on your home. Make a list of some of the most important things that you want changed and start doing some research on how much it will cost to change them. For example, if your windows and doors are old and inefficient, get quotes on how much it will cost to replace them and do some calculating on how this can end up saving you money in the long term on utility bills. Or, determine if your kitchen needs a full remodel and how that will impact the value of your home, or if just replacing or refinishing the cabinets will do the job. If you have a detailed plan with a specific budget set aside for it, the less chance you have on overspending.

#2: Figure out what you can do yourself.
Do-it-yourself home improvements are very desirable for many homeowners, simply because of the significant amount of money that can be saved. However, it’s important to know your limits. If you end up messing up something that you thought you could do yourself, then you might end up having to call a professional to fix it. This could cost you a lot more in the long run. Be sure to pick home improvement projects that are within your skill set and expertise and anything outside of that, hire a reputable company or contractor.

#3: Do your research.
If you want to pay a professional to undertake your home improvement projects, be vigilant on your research. Take time to read online reviews, ask questions, get details on how they intend to complete the job, and make sure you have a written estimate in hand. If you are not sure where to start, I am glad to help provide references of reputable places and people that are good to work with.

Home repairs and renovations are inevitable at some point. Make sure you have a plan of action, so you can stay on track with your budget. In the end, you will have a space to come home to that is exactly how you envisioned it.  Or, if you have decided that it is time to move on and find a new home that better suits your specific needs, I am ready to help get the process started! As a Realtor®, I can help get your current home listed and sold and can help you find your next home. Contact me today so you can get the information you need to start your adventure.

 

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 7:15 am
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3 Things to Know Before You Start a DIY Deck Building Project

Planning on building a new deck? There are a few must-knows before you dive in and tackle a deck building project on your home. Here are some tips that will help you plan and prepare for a successful DIY project.

Tip #1: Research what design will work best for your space.
First, you’ll need to decide exactly where your deck should be placed. Do you want it freestanding, attached to a back door, or on the second level of your home? Research what design and style will work best. A well-designed deck will help you create a list of materials based on that design. It will also ensure that the outside area of your home is put to use the best way possible without any empty or wasted space. 

Tip #2: Research the permit process.
Check out the local city building codes to see if you need a permit. Oftentimes a permit is needed if the deck is over a certain height. Be sure that you check what the total size requirements are for the city as well to make sure that it isn’t too large. When you go to sell the house and need to go through the inspection process, you don’t want to run into a problem because the permit process was not followed.  In addition, you should always check to see what your Home Owner Association (HOA) rules are. Most HOA’s require approval of any outdoor project.

Tip #3: Research your material options.
When it comes to deck materials, there are a few different options. While wood is traditionally the type of material that is most used for decks, there is also composite decking that can be used. The cost is usually more than traditional wood, but if you plan on using the deck for a long time, it can actually save you money in the long run when compared to cleaning, refinishing, and replacing wood boards. Composite decking usually comes with a warranty as well, so you are covered in the event of something going wrong.

Once you have completed your research and have all of the proper tools necessary for launching into building the deck, you’re ready to get started. It’s a big project, but one that will pay off well! Having a beautiful deck is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and it will also add value to your home.

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm
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DIY Project: Painting Vinyl Siding

 

Painting the house: no doubt, this is a big task to take on, but if you know how to paint vinyl siding the right way, the end result will be a successful do-it-yourself (DIY) home project that will leave your house looking great!  With some helpful, simple tips, you’ll be able to quickly and efficiently paint the vinyl siding on your home.

Tip #1: Time to clean.
A thoroughly cleaned and dried house before you start is necessary, so start by making sure that the siding is free of dirt, mold, or other debris that tends to accrue over time. If you avoid this step, you may run into some problems with painting, and that will just make you more frustrated and slow you down.  Pressure washers are usually the fastest and easiest way to clean off the vinyl siding.

Tip #2: Choose the color.
This seems pretty obvious, but there are a couple of things to take note of before you pick your color. Be sure that you look for paint that is labeled “Vinyl Safe.” This type of paint is designed to reflect heat rather than absorbing it. If you don’t use a paint that is specifically made for vinyl siding, it could cause damage, such as distorting or buckling.

Tip #3: Ready, set, paint!
Now, it’s work time! Plan on putting at least two coats of paint on the siding and don’t paint on extremely hot days or days that there is wind and rain. Cool autumn days or dry spring days are good options for painting. And once the job is complete, remember that you will need to take care of the vinyl. It’s not the same maintenance-free material you once had.  It should be treated like other types of painted surfaces and every 10 years, you should plan to reapply a new coat of paint.

If your siding is failing altogether, a paint job probably won’t do much.  Instead, you should look around and get some information on replacing the siding completely. This will help protect the home’s structure while adding great curb appeal!  

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm
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