As a homeowner, it is important to preserve and protect your home, not just because you are proud of it, but also because it's likely your biggest asset too.
Did you know that remodeling your kitchen and bathroom are some of the most impacting ways that you can raise the value of your home?
In fact, the National Association of Realtor's ranks kitchen and bath remodels in the top three home renovation jobs that generate the biggest return on investment. And in addition to creating greater asset value, your home gets updated and more functional at the same time.
To ensure that you get perfect results, follow these suggestions.
You need to be about to count on reliable people with proven experience, which is why you should interview each candidate thoroughly.
- Ask for specifics about their experience and for referrals. It always helps when you can confirm someone's credentials through word of mouth.
- Beyond getting a quote, it is also important to ask if the contractor is insured.
- Do they offer guarantees for their work?
- Do you order materials or are they responsible for that?
- When is payment required?
- Is it possible to see photos of completed jobs?
The more thorough you are, the more peace of mind you'll have throughout your project.
Check Existing Plumbing
Your kitchen and your bathroom need to look great but don't forget that there are the most highly trafficked, very utilitarian rooms in your home. You need infrastructure (i.e. the plumbing) behind the walls and under the floors to make sure that you can get all of your jobs done in comfort and style.
Avoid any surprises by making sure that existing plumbing will be able to service any added fixtures and that your plumbing is in good repair. You don't want to have to damage or cut your new counter/floor/cabinetry to accommodate an unexpected difference between a fixture and the piping.
- To start, you need to set a budget. Make sure that the budget has some extra room in it in case you come across something you didn't expect.
- Also, with the help of your contractor, establish a timeline. This is important, especially if you are going to be without your bathroom or shower for a period of time.
- Seek out inspiration. What is your style? Consult magazines and design TV for help. If you are really stumped, you might even consider consulting with a designer.
- Decide on what elements will be in your kitchen or bathroom based on your lifestyle. For instance, do you love to cook, but your current kitchen has next to no counter space? Make it work so that you've got plenty of room to create your dishes.
- Do you have a bathtub taking up space that you never use? Take it out and install an extra wide shower.