Make it your own


By Kathy Henne



If you are willing to purchase a reasonably priced home in need of updates or renovation, you should also be willing to seriously consider exactly how much time, money, and stress on your family those renovations will require. Save yourself emotional and financial distress by following some simple words of advice.

First, no matter how much you budget for renovation, prepare to spend ten percent or more above that. Any time you remodel, you have to expect the unexpected. Allow your budget some wiggle room to cover those surprises that turn up under flooring, behind walls, or in the pipes.

Second, prepare for the upheaval that these projects often entail. If you have just one bathroom, and it’s full of workers putting in a new tub or toilet, you obviously need alternatives. Kitchen renovations can upset your home’s very heart of operations, so budget in time and money for meals out, or plan to buy food that’s really simple to prepare. Just make sure before your project starts that you and your contractor have clearly established how long the work will take.

Last, just as you don’t want to underestimate the cost of renovation, you certainly don’t want to overestimate it’s payback. While no project recoups the entire cost, kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects usually make the best investments. Just don’t go hog wild with it. Proper planning and budgeting will help make your renovation time more tolerable. It’s always a good idea to talk with your trusted local Realtor about your planned renovations before you start. You don’t want to over improve for your neighborhood.

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By Kathy Henne

Contact the Kathy Henne Team RE/MAX FINEST by calling (937) 778-3961.

Contact the Kathy Henne Team RE/MAX FINEST by calling (937) 778-3961.