With the housing market slowing down, many homeowners are choosing to stay put and renovate instead of moving out and up. Still others are renovating to make their homes more attractive on the resell market. Renovations can be very satisfying and rewarding, giving a new look to your existing space and improving your home’s future resale value. Maybe your spaces are truly outdated and you just want to update, or maybe you want to transform your master bath into a personal retreat, or maybe you’re looking to update and upgrade your home for reselling and you know an investment in new kitchen and bath fixtures will pay big dividends on the resell market. No matter what your reason for choosing to renovate, it can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.
If you don’t plan on selling your home any time soon, like within the next 10 to 20 years, go ahead and make your kitchen and bath as personal and quirky as you want it and install that pink tile backsplash and gold swan faucets. But, if you have any vague notions of possibly putting the house on the market within 10 years, tread carefully and stick with tried and true, keeping your budget reasonable to recoup the cost of the renovation, and keep it up to date and classy without crossing into trendy. Whew! Tall order, isn’t it?
Bathrooms and kitchens can make or break a sale. Buyers coming in and seeing an outdated bathroom, especially one that isn’t spotlessly clean and shiny, will simply walk right back out. They’re also very personal spaces, and too much custom work will make a buyer feel like they could never be “at home” in the space, hardly a feeling you want in a bathroom! Spend your money wisely, and invest in quality products, take a look at bathroom vanities by companies like Fairmont Designs, the investment in quality pays off in the long run. It’s easy to spend a lot of money on new tile, a whirlpool tub with separate shower and beautiful fixtures, but don’t overlook the commode. Toilets come in all shapes, sizes and colors and should match your d