Zion Juarez. Home Renovation. September 18th , 2018.
From minor updates to major rebuilds, there are many types of home renovations and just as many reasons homeowners want to do work. You may want to save energy and reduce your utility bills, you may need to make room for a new addition to the family, or you may want to increase the value of your home. Even if you just want to update the look and feel of your home, renovations can be a costly endeavour. Fortunately, there are also many available options for financing your home renovation.
Still, you probably want some advance advice about how to budget for your renovation. It is important to consider two main factors that will affect the price tag on your project - soft costs and hard costs. Soft costs include design and budget development, permit fees, and professional fees (i.e. the cost for architecture and interior design). Hard costs are related to the construction phase of your project and will include the cost of labour and materials. In the typical renovation, soft costs account for about 30% of your budget, while hard costs make up the remaining 70%.
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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