Tips On How To Renovate A House

September 19, 2011

Exterior Renovation

Renovating a house is a challenging yet interesting exercise, which can make an old rundown place look new, modern and well equipped.

The important thing is to know how to renovate a house in the right manner, so as to save both time and money and yet get the desired results, namely, a plush, modern and beautiful house.

Whether the renovation is for the purpose of selling or for modernizing the existing living premises, the costs must not exceed approximately five percent of the property value.

Renovating a house can be a mammoth task if parts of the house are demolished and reconstructed, but pulling down a wall or two, adding a room or bathroom and refurbishing the existing structure, are more easily accomplished. Some tips on how to renovate a house include the following:

  • Use the inside-out approach – it is best to start from the inside, which may include changing the floor tiles, carpeting and painting the walls. A wall seeming unnecessary can be knocked down and additional space created. Repairs, covering patches etc must be first completed before painting the walls. The exterior façade must be the last to be painted.
  • Bathrooms and kitchens are important- While the whole house matters, people specifically look at bathrooms and kitchens, so it may be a good idea to replace the gadgets, flooring and even the cabinets if budget permits.
  • Brightness adds to beauty- a bright house with plenty of light streaming in, has a beauty of its own. This can be achieved by replacing a wall with French doors. Light colored drapes also brighten the room.
  • The minimalist look is in vogue- cluttered homes are out, people love the bare, minimalist look. So remove extra cabinets and furniture and let there be free floor space.
  • There is no substitute for quality- renovation carried out once is better, and using quality products is better than frequent replacements. While overcapitalization can be avoided with designer fittings and fixtures, good quality must be used. The idea is to stick to the golden mean, that is, using the mid level quality.
  • Use the latest but not anything funky- it is good to have some of the latest designs but funky trends do not last and after sometime look unappealing. These can be avoided and a moderate design that appeals is a safer bet.
  • Keep the profit angle in mind- whatever renovations are carried out, a tight control on expenses is necessary and there is no harm in ensuring that the amount spent brings in the required returns.
  • Use a good contractor- a renovation job can be a headache unless a good contractor takes charge. So even if he charges a bit more, it may save a lot of hassles.
  • Keep the edges and corners neat- discerning observers of houses always look at corners and edges, whether they have been neatly finished or not. Neatness makes the house look well finished.

Renovations for adding value or for better living must be carried out within budgetary limits but with an eye on quality. 

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