TV home improvement shows capture it all, the highs and the lows, the unexpected problems and budget overruns, the last obstacle and finally, success. In real life, if you put a little effort into finding a good and reliable general contractor and home builder for your projects, you can avoid the drama. And still wind up with stunning results. Home improvement specialists pick three areas of your house as the best choices for your next project. Basement, kitchen and bathroom remodeling offer the best returns on your investment, for a number of reasons.
Basement remodeling gives you extra space
A finished basement not only gives you extra space that you can use in different ways, it also makes your home more secure structurally. A finished basement will keep out damp and mold. It will also keep the house warmer, saving on heating bills in the winter. As a bonus, it will still stay cooler in the summer, giving you a comfortable retreat.
The only question about a basement remodel is who gets to use the extra space? Will it become a play and study area for your kids? Or a man cave? A crafts work area? A home theater or guest bedroom? The possibilities are endless. The good news is that no matter how you decide to use the extra space, basement remodeling offers a high return on investment (ROI), at 69%, adding value to your home as it increases your comfort.
What would you change in your bathroom?
According to the National Association of Home Builders, 78% of home renovations in the U.S. are bathroom remodels, making bathroom remodeling is the most requested home improvement. Like a basement remodel, redoing your bathroom immediately increases your comfort while adding to the value of your home. A bathroom remodel offers a neat 86.4% ROI.
What would you change about your bathroom? Environmentally friendly toilets that use less water to flush are a popular choice. It’s also your chance to replace that avocado green or salmon pink color scheme left over from the ’70s. You don’t spend a lot of time in your bathroom but you use it to prepare for a new day. With a bathroom that reflects a calming, energizing feeling, you’re on your way.
Kitchens and things
Kitchen remodeling is second in popularity only to bathrooms. Home improvement specialists suggest that this is the best opportunity to turn your kitchen workspace into the ideal triangle between stove, sink and fridge. Even a minor remodel in your kitchen gives you an ROI of 82.7%.
New appliances, especially an energy efficient refrigerator, also feature high on kitchen remodel wish lists. A home improvement specialist might recommend just repainting the closets rather than replacing them, which is wasteful.
Finding a good and reliable home improvement specialist to carry out the renovations is probably the most important task. Once you have found the right firm of general contractors for the job, you can consult with them on the details. And when you have a plan in place, you can safely leave it in their hands, and be prepared for a gleaming new kitchen and bathroom.