Get Your Home Ready to Sell With These Remodeling Tips
One of the most significant impacts of the recent pandemic has been on the home remodeling industry, which surged as homeowners spent more time confined to their homes.
This trend continues in 2022, with about 80% of houses in the United States at least 20 years or older. So, many homeowners are thinking about renovation options. Let's look at the pros and cons of a kitchen remodel along with the do's and don'ts when designing a home office to ensure your home is ready if you intend to sell.
Out with the Old, In with the New
Often dubbed the hub of the home, some 67% of homeowners in America turn to the kitchen as their first remodeling project. Before attempting a kitchen remodel, get the basics covered by drawing up a general layout of the room and setting a budget.
There are many pros and cons to consider when undertaking a kitchen remodel. Remodeling your kitchen offers the best return on investment on any room in the house. It will increase the value of your home, garner more potential buyers, and you could recoup 80% or more of your costs when you sell. However, the kitchen is also the most expensive room to remodel with new flooring, lighting, cabinetry, and energy-efficient appliances required. It's also not an easy DIY job. You'll need to obtain the necessary building, plumbing, and electrical permits and will likely require licensed contractors to configure any new plumbing, HVAC, and electrical requirements.
Remember that contractors often use specialist apps and software to provide estimates, and there are various types available. HVAC contractor software, for example, is highly popular for its range of features. As well as easily creating estimates that can be sent to customers, this software may be of benefit to contractors in managing leads and accepting online payments. Additionally, by having invoicing facilities built in, these programs save time and money. Generally speaking, estimating software helps contractors stay organized - allowing them to focus on providing a quality service.
Make Space for a Home Office
Now more than ever, the workplace has seen a shift in flexibility and work-life balance. Many people are opting to work remotely from home, making a home office a desirable feature. To add one to your home:
• Create a dedicated space. Don't opt to use a corner of your bedroom or living room. Working in these areas has been scientifically proven to decrease productivity and energy levels and lessen boundaries between work and rest.
• Create the right atmosphere. Make sure the designated space is a place where you can be comfortable, focused, and productive without interruption.
• Ensure the space has ample natural light. And more importantly, can accommodate office equipment and furniture without being cramped.
Why It Pays to Invest in a Home Warranty After a Remodel
Now that you've invested the time and money in remodeling your home, it's time to consider investing in a home warranty. Unlike homeowner's insurance, a home warranty will cover the repair and maintenance of your new kitchen appliances along with your heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing, and other home systems should they break down. Before choosing a home warranty company, research to find a policy that best fits your needs and budget. If you're looking for home warranty reviews, a quick online search should do the trick.
Your Home, Your Investment
Your home is one of the biggest investments you make in your life. You can do plenty of renovations to enhance its value before putting it on the market, such as designing a home office or updating your kitchen. And one of the best ways to protect that investment is to look into a home warranty. When you’re ready to sell your home, reach out to the pros at Palm Beaches Home Staging to ensure your property looks great for the market.
Author: Erin Reynolds - Ms. Reynolds is a single mom who taught herself how to do home improvement projects and repairs to save money. She created DIYMama.net to help others find their spark to tackle home improvements too.