Many people conduct home additions or remodeling with the future in mind: either they’re preparing for a larger family (or a growing family that requires more space as the kids stretch) or they’re aware that in the next five or ten years, they’ll probably have to find a new house. If your eye is on making a profit on your current house in order to pay for your next house in full or mostly in full, you may want to consider doing some quality home improvement. Did you know that for every thousand square feet that gets added onto a home, the sale price goes up by over 30%? These results were found in 2005 by the National Association of Realtors, so it could have increased even more since then. If you don’t have the budget for a full remodeling, target areas to focus on would be the kitchens and bathrooms.
What Potential Homebuyers Are Looking For
If you’re going to conduct a quality home improvement project, you want to make sure you’re going to get the best return on your money. The good news is that focusing on your kitchen and bathroom like mentioned before is an excellent strategy. With good kitchen design, smaller and mid-range kitchen remodeling undertakings see an almost 82% return on investment. While we’re talking about kitchens, the following elements are considered a necessity or highly desirable by almost 85% of homeowners:
- walk-in pantry
- kitchen table or other space for eating and socializing
- double sink
Another great aspect to target is bathroom improvement. If you only have one bath upstairs or a half bath downstairs, consider putting a full bath in downstairs. This is great for smaller children or older family members, friends, or guests, since it eliminates stairs. Additionally, having two full baths is more convenient for the whole family. If that wasn’t enough, a little over 80% of homeowners prefer having a full bath on the first floor, and almost half consider it a priority.
So…How Do I Make All This Happen?
Unless you’re a skilled tradesperson or have family/friends who can help you out, you’ll probably want to turn to a contractor. Depending on what area you want to work on, you can contact a custom bathroom contractor or a kitchen remodeling service to help you get the job done. After all, the goal is quality home improvement and you want your remodeling to stay put and look amazing for awhile!
These contractors can offer advice or layout plans, guide you through the process, go through the entire renovation and installation steps, and clean up afterwards. You provide the framework and they’ll help you fill in the missing pieces with finesse and expertise.
Where Do I Find These People?
A larger hardware store like Home Depot or Lowe’s may have professionals on hand to answer your questions and assist you with the process. However, there are many private businesses and contractors available at the touch of a keyboard. Searching online for local professionals in your area may be the best idea, since they’ll know what’s available in the area and be readily available.
Boost your home’s value and enjoy the benefits of your remodeling by hiring a contractor today!