Home Renovation. Saturday , September 15th , 2018 - 00:23:32 AM
The reasons for undertaking home renovations are varied. Many homeowners want to modernize or update the look of their homes for their own comfort and enjoyment. Some, rightly, view their home as an investment and want to increase the resale value of their home should they decide to sell. In today's environmentally-conscious times, many homeowners are now undertaking home renovations to increase the energy efficiency of a house. Their investment in home renovations converts into a smaller "carbon-footprint" and long-term savings in energy consumption and costs. Whatever the reason, homeowners planning home renovations should consider both their costs and their financing options before beginning their project.
So how does the average homeowner know if there are maintenance renovations that require attention? There are a few ways to find out, and sticking your head in the sand is not an option. That would be akin to not going for a regular check-up at the doctor or dentist - if no-one tells you there's a problem, then there is no problem, right? Wrong. The first thing to do is to call upon your gut instinct. You probably have a suspicion if the electrics might be an issue (there's a spark when you plug appliances in, for example), or if there's damp in the basement, or if the attic insulation is insufficient; after all, you're the one who lives there. Take a look around the outside of the house for any signs of worsening damage - are cracks bigger than you remember them? Does the roof look patchy? Do you have an effective water management system - one that drains run-off water away from the house foundations?
Value engineering in respect to home renovation is the process by which you analyze to determine what renovations will bring in the most profit for your home. Determine the market value of your home as well as market value of renovated homes similar to your home in your area. This is done to find out whether there is any room to profit. If the price for your un-renovated home is close to the price of a renovated similar home nearby, renovation could be a waste of time and money. Remember, the key words are "similar homes" and "in your area". There is no point comparing your home that is built on a 20 x 100 parcel of land to a home built on a 5 acre land as you are not able to stretch the size of your land. Also the comparables that you choose must be near your home, preferably on the same street or just few homes down the road from your home. You can obtain market value of these renovated homes from your local real estate office or from a qualified appraiser.
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