7 Things You Should Know Before Renovating Your Home

7 Things You Should Know Before Renovating Your Home

Are You Ready for A Big Project?  

So you’ve decided (along with many, many others in 2020) to renovate your home!  As someone who spent the last three months going through the renovation process, I thought I would share what I’ve learned to help better prepare you for the journey ahead and hopefully leave you thinking, “I’m so glad I was ready for that!”

  1. It will always take more TIME and more MONEY that you planned. I have never heard of a project coming in under budget or being completed in half the time you were told. Unexpected issues come up. Contractors fall behind. Supplies get back ordered. Things happen and you have to be ready to go with the flow. If you have realistic expectations from the beginning, the inevitable delays will be a little easier to swallow.
  2. You need to be available at all times. Probably the biggest advantage of doing a renovation during COVID has been that my husband is working from home. That means he’s always available to sign for deliveries, talk to contractors and check on progress. If you have the type of job that doesn’t give you that kind of flexibility, or you aren’t able to “run home,” a big renovation might not be for you.
  3. You think you’ve thought of it all, but you haven’t. We spent hours designing the kitchen, planning the space and looking at colors and selections. However, once the work started, we realized there were a number of things we had given no thought at all. Did we want the toilet to go on the left side or right side of the bathroom? What kind of closet doors did we want? Where should the lighting go? Again, being available to make last minute decisions is imperative.
  4. If you aren’t a decorator, hire one. Renovations are expensive and there are a lot of beautiful choices. Don’t waste money changing paint colors later or being unhappy with something you picked out. There are many talented decorators available to pay by the hour, and for just a few hours investment, they can’t make sure your paint, floors, cabinets, countertops and fixtures all work beautifully together in your home.
  5. Hire a professional for the big projects. Weekend handymen are great, but most projects take more than a weekend. Hire a reputable contractor for the big stuff; electric, plumbing and wiring should only be done by professionals. These types of mistakes are too costly to mess around with.
  6. Be prepared to live in the dust. You are in the middle of a construction site. Truly. The dust never ends, the noise is loud and constant and new people are walking in and out of your home at all times. Try to get out of the way and live in a part of the house that won’t be near the construction. 
  7. If you think you can DIY, know the consequences. I get it. We’ve all watched the shows and thought, “If they can do it, so can I.” The reality is, there is no behind the scenes team at your house tearing out walls and putting up shiplap. Renovations require accurate measurements, correct cuts and considerable time. If you have a project in mind and want to give it a shot, go for it. In my experience, getting it done faster and with fewer mishaps is worth a few calls to contractors.

I hope this helps you understand the good, the bad and the ugly of home renovation. With a lot of time and patience, you can and WILL get the home you’ve always dreamed of! 

8 Things To Do Now to Prepare Your Home to Sell

8 THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW TO PREP YOUR HOME TO SELL

Thinking of listing your home in the coming weeks or months? With so many of us spending far more time at home than usual right now, and actually looking for projects to keep up busy, it’s a great time to do a few things around the house that will really make a difference when you put your home on the market.

Here are eight things you can do right now to get your home ready to sell:

1. FOCUS ON CURB APPEAL

What’s the first thing someone notices about your home? Of course, it’s the exterior. Picking up garbage, doing a little pressure washing and making sure your gutters are clear can all add to that first impression of your home. Also, don’t forget about landscaping. Pulling weeds, planting a few flowers or even adding a fresh layer of mulch, can go a long way in upping your curb appeal.

2. DECLUTTER & PURGE

We all know how easily things can accumulate, but now is a great time to get rid of the clutter and unwanted items. Too many decorative pieces or even extra furniture in a room can make it feel small and crowded and that can make a buyer feel uncomfortable. You want a potential buyer to be able to envision themselves living in your home so do them and yourself a favor now by getting rid of the excess.

3. CONSIDER INTERIOR PAINT

Take this time to take a good look at your walls. Do you need to switch to a more neutral color? If you’ve updated some rooms, but still have that hot-pink bedroom or lime green kitchen, now is a great time to tone down that shade.

4. DIY MAINTENANCE

If you find yourself with loose faucets or shower fixtures or areas that need caulking, go ahead and make those repairs, if you are able. These are small things we can let slide in our day-to-day lives, but they almost always come up on an inspection report. You can take care of those issues now and save yourself a headache in the future.

5. ORGANIZE WARRANTIES & DOCUMENTS

Again, you can save yourself some time by getting all of these in order now because the new buyers will want them. Also, you don’t want to overlook something that could add value, like a transferable warranty

6. GIVE YOURSELF A SHOWING

Pretend you’re the buyer and take a tour of your home. Make sure to take notes on things that stick out to you or areas that need improvement.

7. CREATE A LIST OF IMPROVEMENTS & FAVORITE FEATURES

Remember the exterior lighting you added last year or the new sprinkler system? How about the open kitchen that you’ve enjoyed so much? Pointing out the enhancements and things that you’ve loved about the home can help the potential new buyers see that value as well

8. CLEAN!

Nothing feels better than a nice, fresh and shiny house. It instantly makes people comfortable and they will feel your house has been cared for and loved. So now that you have the extra time, make it sparkle!  Clean cabinets, baseboards, doors, and even the floors of closets.  We promise, everything you do now will be noticed!  And last but not least,  make it smell nice… because clean sells!

BOTTOM LINE:

If you’re ready to sell soon, take advantage of the extra time at home to prepare your home for the market.  Buyers will notice the effort and your house be the “new listing” getting everyone’s attention!

Making the decision to sell your home can be an overwhelming. Brandi Schildmeyer, at Build Collective, Coldwell Banker West Shell can help you understand the process and make sure you get the most for your home in the shortest amount of time. 

CONTACT BRANDI FOR MORE HOME SELLER TIPS!

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