Simply Great Remodeling Tips – Two

By administrator On April 16th, 2009

If you are remodeling with the intention of selling the house in the near future, adding space can be a real temptation; but do a cost-benefit analysis because creating more space can be a real budget buster because you need to erect walls and a roof. You can see if your house construction lends itself to space reconfiguration in which you can borrow space from an adjacent room. An in-built wall closet can give space for the bathroom.

If you wish to expand outside the existing floorspace see that you stay within the roofline if possible, creating a new roofline can be expensive. Check if your present heating / cooling equipment will be able to accommodate the increase in space. If not you will incur additional costs in installing new air conditioners.

If you wish to change appliances in the kitchen or bathroom, choose energy-savers that will help lower your electricity bills. In the first place check if you actually need to change appliances at all, you can simply remodel around them and just let them be. Keep in mind that if you touch something like plumbing, gas lines, or electrical wiring, you could be in for major overhaul costs. Think multiple times before deciding upon working on these.

Here’s a neat tip – change faucets if you have to but if you wish to save then do not look beyond chrome; it is the least expensive one. Brass and porcelain faucets are terribly expensive. Also select faucets with replaceable parts so that you don’t have to replace the entire faucet if something goes wrong. Neutral colors for fixtures are less expensive, you are less liable to go wrong with them and should color trends change they won’t appear out of fashion.

Flooring is a vast area as far as remodeling is concerned; you can get lost in the choices offered. See that you ensure visual consistency in a room and moving from one room to the other. If you’re lucky your vinyl flooring may actually have a hardwood flooring underneath that is still serviceable and only needs some sanding and polishing. You can opt for floor leveler material to install new vinyl flooring, this way you will be saved the labor of tearing up the flooring.

Cabinets are another cost item; cabinet installation can often mean new flooring and new countertops. So give this one a thought, maybe you’re better off with some good cabinet refacing. Standard cabinetry without soffits costs less than custom cabinet designs.

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