Anika Shaw. Home Renovation. September 13th , 2018.
Actually, home renovation will not burn a very big hole in a homeowner's pocket as long as one knows how to estimate the cost of the project. Having a good understanding of the factors that may affect the renovation costs will help a homeowner in planning the whole renovation process so it will fit hisher budget. The size of the house that needs to be renovated should be taken into consideration. The bigger the house, the higher the costs. On the other hand, there are instances wherein not the whole house but only parts of it (perhaps the kitchen or the living room) are the only ones that need the renovation. In either case, whether the whole house must have the makeover or just a particular room, the size or the area (usually in square footage) that needs the work must be taken into consideration in calculating the cost.
The concept of value engineering in renovation has never been more essential than it is today. At the start of 2009 we can still hear all sort of commotion about slow economy and troubles in the real estate market. All this should awaken renovators who are planning to increase the value of their homes, that a small miss-calculation or an over-renovation could easily destroy their profit or worse result in a complete loss.
That said, there are always house buyers who will not do the proper ground work, so the required maintenance renovations are missed when the home is purchased. The seller, if they knew about the issue (as they often do), has gambled and "gotten away with one", and the buyer has foolishly taken on someone else's problems for the sake of the cost of a structural survey. A note to potential buyers: always, always, get a full structural survey done unless you are an expert yourself in such matters because the short-term additional cost will be far less painful than finding significant issues and having to deal with the associated heart-ache (and anger) after the purchase is complete.
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