Home Renovation. Thursday , October 11th , 2018 - 04:53:12 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.
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!)
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.
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