Home remodeling may not be a concern for Americans who rent their living space, but if you are a homeowner, then home remodeling costs are something you should take seriously. Should you spend some money on roof repair or remodeling the kitchen? And would it be worth it to replace some of the air ducts or get new tile floors for the master bathroom? Such home remodeling costs may be a bit intimidating upfront, but these expenses can pay dividends in more than one way. Countless homes are remodeled each year (there are 136.57 million housing units across the U.S.), and most of them could stand to be touched up somehow, including yours. One idea when it comes to home remodeling is to take nothing for granted and find ways to recoup the expenses of home remodeling costs. A budget of $10,000 may be just the start for your home remodeling costs, but you can make a lot of that back if you know what to do.
Garage Door Work
Not even your garage and its door should be overlooked when you start surveying your home for home remodeling ideas, and naturally, you would not want your garage door to get stuck or fall apart and trap your car inside. Garage door installation is possible when you look up local companies that specialize in garage repair work, and if your garage door is old and on the verge of failing, you are urged to set aside money for home remodeling costs in this arena. You will have some serious peace of mind when a professional crew replaces your old garage door with a new model that moves just right and is tough and attractive. Such a door is difficult for intruders to break into, it will be unlikely to get stuck or jammed, and it will look nice from the outside (which may impress home buyers when you put the property on the market). If your garage door does not need replacement, you might at least consider updating its paint, if that paint is faded, peeling or chipped, or an out of fashion color. Looks count, even for something mundane like this.
How about your roof? Are the tiles and your gutters in good shape? If you are physically able, you can get a ladder and check them out for yourself, and check your gutters for any clog or leaks, then check the roof for any missing tiles or obvious damage. You can use gloves to remove light clogs from your gutter by hand or ask a trusted person or professional to do it if you’re not physically able. In any case, you are also urged to sometimes hire a professional roof inspection agent, who can diagnose problems with your roof early. If your roof is already leaking water, then you will have many other problems on your hands.
Hire gutter repair crews to replace your leaky or damaged gutters, or ask them to reattach loose gutters to your house. They can also clean out any clogs in your gutters, and fix up the water spouts as well. Roofers can get onto your roof safely to fix and replace any missing tiles, and they can repair damaged wood up in the attic. What is more, these professionals can pour liquid rubber to seal any cracks or holes in the roof, and prevent new leaks from forming. Finally, make sure these roof experts remove any intruding squirrels or other animals from your roof and attic and repair any entry holes that those animals chewed up there. The home remodeling costs for roofing may vary greatly, but all of them are a good investment if they prevent harmful leaks in your house and prevent air drafts from forming. A bad roof is expensive and uncomfortable to have on your house.
This might not be an issue, especially if you have no trees on your property, but you can consider hiring tree pruning services to make your property’s trees look their best. Pruning is the act of cutting off excess, dead, or diseased twigs and small branches from a tree, to improve its health and aesthetics alike (and keep the branches from getting too close to the house). If you have no trees or shrubs but want to add them, you can hire landscapers to plant them anywhere in your front or backyard. Outdoor home remodeling costs can be pretty efficient and pay for themselves well since a house with a lovely yard can draw the attention of home buyers and make a good impression when you put your property up for sale later on. Often, investing just 5% of a property’s value in landscaping can yield an ROI (return on investment) around 150% or so. That’s an efficient way to cash in on your home remodeling costs.
This is another way in which you can improve your property’s value: hiring crews to help you build a wooden deck/dock. Such a deck might even have an outdoor kitchen or grill added, and with all this heavy lumber and metal involved, you may want to dedicate some of your home remodeling costs to forklift rentals and dock builders‘ fees. It takes time to measure the area for a wooden deck and get it built, but once it’s done, you will have a great place for outdoor parties and grilling for the entire household (and guests too). If you get an outdoor kitchen set up, be ready to connect its utilities to the house, nominally water/sewage, natural gas, and electricity to make the outdoor kitchen run. If you make this dock into a picnic area, you are also urged to set up a wire mesh and support it with poles to keep harmful or annoying insects away.
Small Home Repair Jobs
Not all home remodeling costs are spent on huge projects like adding a backyard deck or installing a few trees in the backyard. You might borrow or buy tools to touch up smaller features in your home, and these DIY projects can really make a difference. For example, you might look up how to use a burnishing tool, and burnish some of the worn-out metal surfaces of any feature or appliance. Meanwhile, you can also replace a drawer’s old or loose handles with new ones, and even replace the metal sliding components for those drawers if a drawer is getting stuck or coming loose often. Meanwhile, feel free to repaint a room or put up wallpaper (ensure proper ventilation), or repaint a wooden window frame. The home remodeling costs for DIY projects tend to be minimal since these projects are always on a small scale. You don’t have to hire an entire professional crew to replace a showerhead or fix up a drawer that keeps getting stuck.
Plumbing Done Right
Another worthwhile investment on home remodeling costs is the very plumbing in your house. Freshwater is not to be taken for granted, and you might be surprised how often your home’s plumbing might be failing you. For example, you might have an inadvisable habit of pouring grease or oil down the kitchen sink, which can cause plaster-like buildups in the sewer main and clog it. Or, your toilet, shower head, tub faucet, or sinks are all very old and water inefficient models and waste a lot of water even if they are not leaking (and they often look unappealing). And of course, leaking faucets, pipes, tanks, toilets, and more will waste a lot of water all year round, and pad your water bill a great deal (and cause untold water damage all over the place).
Hire a local plumber for any plumbing repair that you cannot do yourself, and this may even include serious remodeling work such as replacing an old toilet with a fancy new one or replacing an old water heater. These home remodeling costs can pay for themselves over time when you prevent all that water bill padding, and new sinks, toilets, and shower features also look great. These will be comfortable to use, and they will impress homebuyers who visit your property in person. Some showerheads even come with advanced features like alternate spray configurations, lights, and wireless speakers.
Windows and Doors
Not even your windows and doors should be overlooked when you are thinking about your home remodeling costs. Yes, it may cost you a fair amount of cash to hire window or door replacement crews, but this work can save you a lot of trouble later on. And if you live in a hurricane-prone area, such as Florida, the Texas coast, or Puerto Rico, you will want tough, hp to date high impact windows for hurricane season. With or without hurricanes pounding on them, though, your windows will gradually become warped and start to fit very loosely in their frames, and they will admit air drafts that disrupt the home’s climate control. These loose windows or doors are also typically unattractive, since they may involve termite damage, chipped or peeled wood, cloudy or scratched glass, or out of style designs. Not to mention how burglars often have an easy time forcing very old windows and doors open.
This is not a DIY project; be sure to hire a professional window and door replacement company, whose employees can remove your old windows and doors, measure the wall holes, and recommend new models to fit in there. Once new windows and doors are in place, you can enjoy a draft-free and attractive home that is difficult for burglars to break into, and yes, these new features will impress homebuyers who see them during a home tour. What is more, some windows are double-paned, meaning they help prevent warmth from leaking out in winter, easing the strain on your heater. In addition, don’t be afraid to fit on new blinds, curtains, screens, or drapes for your windows, for privacy and to limit exposure to hot sunlight.
Drafty roofs or windows can be a problem for the climate control system of your house, but the HVAC system itself might be the issue, due to its age, mechanical issues, or simple grime. You may set aside some serious cash for home remodeling costs to fix up your HVAC system, such as if its blower fans are burnt out or operating at half capacity. Those fans might be worn out from age, or they are so grimy and dirty they can’t move air very efficiently. Similarly, the outdoor air conditioner unit may be clogged with dust or pollen, and your furnace may have burnt out components. Meanwhile, the air ducts may be clogged with animal nests or falling apart, or may have holes in them that leak a lot of air. Bear in mind that around half of a typical house’s electric bill goes toward the heating and cooling system, so if it’s rendered inefficient, then that will waste a lot of costly electricity all year long.
You can replace your furnace’s filter and clean off the wall’s air ducts, but more dedicated work will involve hiring crews who can reach components that you cannot. These professionals can clean out the air ducts and blower fans, and repair or replace damaged air ducts they find. And if your climate control system is very old, then you may consider having the entire thing removed and replaced with a new model. These sorts of home remodeling costs are high, but they pay for themselves over time because the new system will be clean, in good condition, and built with modern energy efficiency in mind (as opposed to much older systems). In addition, air quality in your home will improve, since there will be no grime, VOCs, dust, or bacteria in the brand-new air ducts. For the sake of airflow efficiency and saving space, you might get residential oval ducts or spiral duct models in particular, which are proving quite popular.
Don’t be too afraid of steep, up-front home remodeling costs; if you can afford them, and if they are paying for the critical repair of your home, give it serious thought. This is especially true if that repair work could prevent future damage or make your home more appealing to home buyers in the future. You can even set your home’s price higher on the market if it has fresh, remodeled features and rooms inside that buyers will like.