Home Remodeling

What to Consider Before Starting a Bathroom Remodel

A bathroom remodel is a big undertaking, regardless of which bathroom you're redoing. It doesn't matter if it's a simple guest bathroom or the master en-suite, the decisions you make during the remodel will impact how the bathroom functions, looks, feels, and even how the home sells when that time comes.

designing a luxury bathroom remodel

If you're considering starting a bathroom remodel, there are some things to think about first. Here are a few of the most important things to consider before starting a bathroom remodeling project.

The Budget

Most remodeling projects will be driven by the budget you set for the project. It can be easy to go over budget if you're not on top of the money from the very beginning. Make sure your remodeling plans are realistic with the budget you set for yourself.

Shop Your Contractor

The price of a contractor can vary quite a bit, so you want to shop around. This doesn't mean it's smart to choose the contractor with the lowest price. Instead, look at the value you're getting from the contractor for the money you will be spending.

Usually, if a contractor has a staff, uses on-site designers, has a beautiful office they work out of, and caters to luxury clients, you can expect the quote to come in higher. However, you may be getting far more design value for your money compared to a contractor without an on-site design team.

Take the time to get a few quotes and compare the cost, the service, the reputation, and the trust you have for the contractor. Choosing the cheapest may not be the right choice, as it could lead to plenty of other issues. However, the most expensive may not provide the best value, either. Make sure to contact Powell Custom Homes and give them a chance to quote out any project in the Kalamazoo area.

Use Your Current Bathroom Footprint

If the budget is a bit tight, using the current footprint of your bathroom will help to save money. When you want to move a shower or bathtub, it means running new plumbing, which costs money. If your budget can support this, go for it, but if it can't, design your new bathroom to fit the current footprint.

Pay Attention to Trends with a Grain of Salt

Trends are great for getting inspiration, but not always great for what you want or need out of your space. Bathroom remodeling trends may tell you to use certain materials, but they may not make sense for your space or they may not fit your budget.

Consider what you want, how long you will stay in the home, and the cost. If you plan to stay for more than 10 years, it's likely the trends will change again before you sell your home. Use trends for inspiration, but don't feel like you have to follow them.

A few other things to consider before starting a bathroom remodel include:

  • Storage space

  • The plumbing

  • Adding natural light

  • The overall lighting

When it's time to make your bathroom new again, you want the right contractor to help. With the right help, you'll know what you can afford, how it will work together, and what to expect every step of the way.

Boost the Value of Your Home with a Kitchen Remodeling

The kitchen is known as the heart of the home. When it comes to resale value, it's one of the best areas of your home to remodel. The one thing stopping homeowners from remodeling the kitchen is the cost. However, the cost you spend will help to increase the value of your home.

According to the Remodeling Magazine's 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost for a 200-square-foot kitchen to be remodeled with wood cabinets, laminate countertops, a standard sink and faucet, and an island is nearly $64k. That also includes new lighting, flooring, and appliances. While that may seem high, the price to remodel your kitchen can range anywhere from $10k to more than $120k, depending on the size and what you plan to do to the kitchen.

It's important to look at how much you will spend compared to how remodeling your kitchen will boost the value of your home. Here's a look at how much you may get in return when it's time to sell.

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How Kitchen Remodeling Affects your Home Value

Before we get into the actual return on investment, there are a few things to consider. First, remodeling the kitchen will make your home more appealing, even if the appeal factor doesn't show up in the value. It could be the reason someone chooses to make an offer on your home compared to walking away without making an offer.

Second, the kitchen has been listed as one of the top three important spaces in a house by 80% of home buyer in a survey done by Realtor.com.

Finally, the materials you choose could have an even bigger impact on the value of your home from a kitchen remodel. More than half the home buyers surveyed stated they would have paid more for both new appliances and granite counter tops.

Actual ROI of Remodeling your Kitchen

Almost every kitchen remodel will boost the value of your home. Buyers are willing to pay more for high-end finishes and other upgrades. What you will actually recoup depends on how much you spend, however.

The report cited earlier from Remodeling Magazine shows the following:

  • Those spending $126k to remodel will recoup 54% or $68k when selling

  • Those spending $21k will recoup 81% or $17k when selling

This percentage also depends on where you live. It's not a one-size-fits-all situation when it comes to the ROI of a kitchen remodel.

Is it Worth it to Remodel the Kitchen?

Remodeling the kitchen shouldn't just be about increasing the value of your home. It should also be about improving your lifestyle. If you plan to sell your home in the next few months, it may not be a good idea to spend a large amount of cash on a kitchen remodel. However, you can still invest a few thousand dollars to make your home easier to sell and more attractive.

Those not planning to sell in the next few years may prefer a full kitchen remodel. Not only will you boost the value of your home, but you will also get to enjoy the upgrades until it's time to sell. Contact Powell Custom Homes today and see how we can help with your next remodeling project!