Carolina Ferguson. Home Renovation. September 18th , 2018.
Self-Financing - This option makes sense for smaller projects. It is also a feasible option for do-it-yourselfers on a pay-as-you-go (or pay-as-you-build) plan. Credit Cards - Charging large expenses to a credit card is an option, but not necessarily a good one. With their higher interest rates, credit cards have limited value in home renovation projects, and can be damaging to your financial health if there are unexpected cost overruns. (A do-it-yourself installation of a tub surround in your bathroom can turn expensive if your plumbing skills are not as honed as you would have liked them to be and you notice water dripping through your living room ceiling!)
What about when the home-owner is trying to sell their house? It is well-known that a new kitchen has the best return on investment and can boost the value of a house significantly. It may be tempting to renovate this little profit maker first to get more money and to make the house more attractive, but there is a downfall - if there are any outstanding structural or major maintenance issues, the potential buyer, if they have any common sense, will find them when they have a structural survey performed. Depending on what the issue is, there could be one of several outcomes: a request for a reduction in price, a request for the work to be completed and re-inspected at the homeowner's expense, or, as is quite often the case, a permanent retraction of the offer. It's a hard pill to swallow for the seller, because typically a realtor's price evaluation of their house has not taken into account the cost of this additional work, and yet by having the work done, there seems to be no benefit in terms of increasing the house value. In fact, of course, there is - it's just that the evaluation was too high in the first place.
Not only have you got to consider your budget before you start renovating, but you also have to consider the time and effort you have to put into that renovation. Even if you are hiring a professional, you should consider how the renovation is going to impact your home life. For the do-it-yourself renovator with a full-time job and family commitments, home projects can quickly become overwhelming. Similarly, when you're working with professionals, you need to be sure that your home can be lived in during the renovations. Carefully plan your renovations and be realistic about how much time and money you can commit to the project.
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