Should You Repair Your House?
With the housing market in dire straits, people have found flipping their homes –- the often frowned upon practice of purchasing homes on the cheap, repairing them, and then selling them for an easy profit -– an increasingly uncertain business proposition.
In today’s rough and tumble economy, a homeowner is generally better off thinking about their properties with a long-term picture in mind: slowly improving their rooms and sustaining the integrity of their pipes and plumbing. It’s alright if you buy a home with the aim of selling it, but first be sure you’d be happy living in it. This short article deals with some of the more fundamental issues you need to consider when thinking about home repair.
Kitchens Come First
Generally, what homeowners say they want most is a complete overhaul of their kitchen. But how should you go about fixing it up? Over the last decade or so, there have been numerous changes in kitchen aesthetics–there are without a doubt many more ways to repair your kitchen these days than there were a couple of decades ago. That being the case, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, particularly with all of the television shows out there portraying immaculate modern kitchens with fireplaces, drinking fountains and all kinds of newfangled devices. In all likelihood, you’re going to think: I wish I had those things, too!
But are those things really all that important? Take my advice: don’t spend money on unnecessary contraptions. Electric blenders and Cappuccino machines and quirky vegetable slicing devices and the like might seem like great expenditures of money until you recognize that your budget has been eaten up by non-essentials, and consequently you have less money than you’d like for key items like your refrigerator and stove. And that’s not even taking into account all of the room that extra stuff takes up!
Living In Your Living Room
Recently, there have been a growing number of homeowners who choose to expend their funds, time and energy making their living areas more livable — beginning with the living room. If you tend to watch home restoration programs on television, you might be familiar with the trend of knocking down walls that divide smaller, uneven spaces as a means of creating more geometrical, aesthetically desirable and functional new spaces — renovating every room with a thought toward their usefulness. And no room is better to practice this in-vogue aesthetic than the living room.
So here are a few simple thoughts to keep in mind as you redesign: consider the beauty of the box form; congregate windows around the best view rather than arbitrarily dividing them and spacing them out; make sure ceiling heights are proportional to the size and contours of the room in question.
Before You Go
Home repair can be extremely expensive and time intensive. If you want to get a sense of possible renovation plans — and you should — go ahead and visit homes on the market, spend time rifling through property and home improvement guides, and make use of the internet. Beyond repairing your kitchen or living room, some of the chief ways to amplify the value of your property include redesigning your bathrooms and terraces. You might also think about “adding” extra rooms by redesigning old ones.
Although doing so might feel costly at the time, repair jobs like these can be the difference between a good investment and a bad one. If you’re interested in selling your property at some point, a complete remodeling job executed over a series of years can make your home look loved and, as a result, more appealing to future buyers.