When it comes to remodeling a home, the money that is spent cannot always be recouped, but most people want the investment they make in the remodeling project to pay off when it's time to sell. The smart choice for homeowners is to improve their home with features that meet the needs of their family, are current with today's living standard, and that increase their property value at the same time. Here are our recommendations for which remodeling improvements will bring the best bang for the buck:
1. A Kitchen Remodel
A kitchen remodel can really add value to your home. It's the heart of the home, so an open, airy, and updated kitchen will not only bring enjoyment to a family, but is also one of the first things that buyers look for. Improvements could include: Removing walls to create an "open concept", updating cabinetry and appliances, the addition of light, such as a window over the sink, and lighting and flooring replacement.
2. Updating or Adding Bathrooms
Bathrooms are an important part of a home families looking for a home. If there are not enough bathrooms or if they are very outdated, it will be a big turn off to potential buyers. Updating bathrooms can also really increase a home’s sale appeal. Improvements could include: Layout changes to maximize space, updating cabinetry and fixtures, and lighting and flooring replacement.
3. Increasing Light and Space
Dark, cramped rooms are no good when it comes to real estate. One thing that homeowners can do to increase the appeal of their property is open up the house to create more of a flow, improved sight lines and enhanced natural light. An open floor plan will make a home feel much larger and better for entertaining. Possible improvements could include: Removal of some walls to open and brighten the space, the addition of windows, vaulting the ceilings, the addition of skylights, repainting in light, airy colors, and lighting and flooring replacement.
4. Addition of Landscape and Curb Appeal
The curb appeal of a home is incredibly important when it comes time to sell. The first impression of a home that someone will have is from the look of the exterior. It's said that a good first impression of a home can add five percent to its value. Possible improvements could include: Exterior painting, renovation of the driveway and other hardscape, and the addition of improved landscape.
At Dantor Martinez Construction, we specialize in home remodeling projects! If you are planning a house remodel now or in the future, request a free consultation here or contact us at (760) 340-3503. We can help you re-create your dream home and also improve it's property value!
When planning a house remodel, it can be tempting to skip to the exciting stage of choosing new paint colors, fixtures and fittings, but in order for any renovation to go smoothly, there are several things to think about before you even begin:
Know Your End Goal
Before you begin you need to know what your end goal is for your home. Are you renovating to raise the resale value of your home, or will you be staying put for years to come? Consider the condition of your neighborhood before you begin, and know which renovations are a good return on investment, and which will be considered overdoing it for the area. Having a specific plan in place for your future will help you decide how deep to go with your project.
Have a Budget
Knowing your budget is one of the most important parts of renovation planning. Remember to add in a contingency fund for any unexpected costs—and expect to use it—as well as incidental costs like the cost of eating out for a kitchen reno, or staying at a hotel or rental.
Even in a cosmetic remodel, there can be an opportunity to enhance the function or money-saving capability of your home. When ripping out an entire room, for instance, this may be the perfect time to add insulation to the walls or add additional light or electrical fixtures. The key is to think ahead to how you will use the room, and take advantage of cosmetic updates to enhance the structure of your home.
Ask for References
Choosing the contractor to do your remodel is important! Any good contractor will have no problem providing references, and copies of liability insurance before a job begins. Don’t rely solely on client testimonials, search out actual customers that can give you a firsthand account and answer any questions you may have. For any project, ask to see before and after images of a contractor’s prior work. At Dantor Martinez Construction, we can provide you with all of the above and we stand behind the quality of our work.
Plan the Pack Up
To make any house remodel as simple as possible, declutter, pack up or move any items in the renovation zone. For a whole-home remodel, consider renting an offsite locker or onsite storage pod to keep all your belongings secure and clean during the process.
At Dantor Martinez Construction, we specialize in home remodeling projects! If you are planning a house remodel now or in the future, please contact us today at (760) 340-3503. We can help you create your dream home!