“We do not believe in moving to a new place and replicating the one you left behind. Where is the fun in that?” –Andrew Fisher
Major home improvements of any kind would undoubtedly be one of the most expensive investments you will ever make in your life. With this in mind, it is paramount that you make sound decisions when it comes to making additions to your home lest you end up in regret. Regardless of whether you have bought a new house such as condominium for sale in manila, a fixer-upper apartment in or a condo in a gated community, the need of stamping ownership into your very own place by incorporating personal home improvements can be rather alluring. And even more so if the house in question is in dire need of maintenance and repairs.
To ensure you make sound decisions and have a better leverage over the money spent on this investment; here are seven of the best advice in making your dismal home a better one.
1.) Choose home improvements that add the most value
Do not incorporate any sort of home improvement to your homes only for the sake of adding them—especially when it is more decorative than functional. Choose those renovations that would not only heighten your home’s aesthetic value but its economic value as well. Think of those renovations as a future investment which would come in handy when you do decide to sell your home in the future.
2.) Have enough money to accommodate the renovations
Undoubtedly, there are some home improvements that are costlier than most. However, if you cannot afford the entire cost of a project, you are not entirely out of options as there are various ways you can finance it which does not require you to put your home at risk. But it is best if you have allocated and set aside an amount which would be dedicated solely for the repairs and renovations for your home so that you would have less to worry as regards debts.
3.) Decide whether to DIY or not
Although home improvements and renovations are cheaper when you do it yourself, some projects are best left to the professionals. Similarly, there are also light projects which are fun to undertake and are suitable for you. However, it is wise to gauge your abilities and know what you can handle. If you are a novice, then best start on small projects.
4.) Take care of the urgent projects immediately
Some home repairs are more pressing that the others. Taking care of them quickly would not only save you money but would prevent the damage from aggravating further. Take care of these before taking on other renovating projects.
5.) Have the right tools
Unfortunately, choosing the DIY route means that tools in your tool box are not sufficient enough for a major project. If you do decide to DIY, you would need an extensive set of materials that would aid you in your renovating endeavor. Know what you would need and equip the house toolbox with all the necessary tools needed for your next project which would invariably include basic hardware and plumbing tools.
6.) Choose the right contractor
If the DIY track is not for you, then it is best to consult and hire the services of a professional. Be wary of who you hire and verify his credentials (You would not want to invite anyone shady into your home, do you?) Know which contractor to hire by checking if there are any complaints about him, by meeting with him personally, getting recommendations, asking for references, etc.
7.) Have a plan
All home improvements—whether major or minor –stems from a concrete plan with the details such as the cost, time, design and materials included. This plan will serve as the other blueprint of what you intend to do to bring about your renovating ideas into fruition. Mainly, it serves as a reference tool amidst the flurry of activity that is going to happen once you are renovating.