When you think of making home improvements, whether you’re remodeling or undertaking a huge renovation project, you might only envision the finished product.
But there’s a lot of ground to cover between making remodeling plans and that beautiful finished product… and for some people, renovations become huge, money-sucking nightmares.
That’s not to say that will happen to you—but it’s best to have all the facts before you decide to remodel your home.
3 Fast Home Remodeling Facts for Homeowners
1. You may need permits.
Getting permits isn’t as easy as it sounds, but it’s essential if you want to avoid serious penalties from the city, county or state.
Most major work requires permits, including:
- Taking down walls
- Adding new walls
- Installing fences
- Updating plumbing systems
- Updating electrical systems
- Adding new doors or windows
2. It’s almost always best to hire a professional.
Even if you’re taking the DIY route so you can save money, it may be cheaper (and smarter) to hire a professional contractor. Remember, you’ll have to invest your own time, energy and skill levels if you do it yourself—and you’ll be living in a “work zone” until the job’s done.
3. Not all improvements pay off.
Some home improvements add more value than others do. Unfortunately, some can even negatively affect your home’s value (especially if you out-price the market by using upscale add-ons). The best upgrades are typically bathrooms, basements, and kitchens—but you have to be careful that you’re not overdoing it if you expect to recoup your costs when you sell.
Don’t Remodel Just to Sell
For most people, it’s a bad idea to remodel a home just to turn around and sell it. Save your focus (and your money) for improvements like new appliances, repairs, and minor additions that pay off on the back end. Talk to a Realtor® if you’re not sure what to do—we’ll point you in the right direction.
Are You Selling Your Home in Grand Junction?
Call us at 970-765-4135 or contact us online. We’ll be happy to give you a free comparative market analysis so you know exactly how much your home is worth, and we’ll give you our best advice based on our knowledge of the local market and your situation.