Anika Shaw. Home Renovation. September 22nd , 2018.
Determine how much value each renovation adds to your home. This information can be obtained from your local real estate office or a qualified appraiser. Real estate salespersons and appraisers for most part use a process called CMA (comparable market analysis) to determine your home value. In short the appraiser looks at similar properties sold recently near your home. Using hisher extensive database, the appraiser is able to adjust the price based on the condition of various areas of your home as well as any new additions. For example the database indicates that an additional second bathroom in your area increases home value by $8000, updated kitchen increase value by $6000, Second garage does not impact the value and etc. This is how your local real estate salesperson is able to price out your home.
Home renovation should be divided into two separate categories, want and needs. So before you consult a home improvement contractor sit down and make a set of lists. One list of what type of renovations you want done on the house and a list of home improvements this old house needs the most. There's no since in doing a kitchen renovation if the roof above it leaks. You don't want to do a wiring upgrade if you can't afford to upgrade the electrical service. You shouldn't tile the bathroom floor if the joist and subfloor needs replaced. Sure I want to renovate the kitchen, but I need to put the much needed roof over it. Will my home improvement budget allow both? This is true with the wiring need and the bathroom floor need.
As handy as you may be, you'll probably need to hire contractors at some point in your renovation especially if you are doing work that affects the heating, plumbing, or electrical systems in your home. Always vet contractors carefully. You obviously want to choose an affordable contractor, but you'll also want to find somebody who is trustworthy and experienced. Speak to friends, coworkers, and family members about contractors they can recommend, and always ask potential contractors for a quote and a list of references.
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