Want to increase the value of your home? Want to remodel or upgrade a room? Want to make everyday life more comfortable? You can do all of the above by choosing to remodel a room with smart upgrades done right. To show you what we mean, here are three examples of possible upgrades that you might not normally think about; upgrades that will make life easier and will increase the value of your home if done right.
Adding an island to your kitchen could increase countertop space, cabinet space, organization, efficiency, sitting space and overall appeal. However, in order for the island to work in your favor, you must measure correctly. Your cabinet and appliance doors must be able to open completely without hitting the island. You must be able to comfortably move around the entire island. If you can’t measure 40 to 50 inches between the island and your cabinets and appliances, forget the island.
Since hardwood flooring is considered more eco-friendly and attractive than carpeting these days, converting to hardwood could increase the value and buyer interest of your home. However, hardwood could also result in cold floors in the morning and evening. To decrease discomfort as you prepare for your day, consider not only upgrading your flooring to hardwood, but also adding heating pads to the upgrade. Since the heating pads are placed underneath the flooring, the perfect time to add this feature is when you are tearing up your current flooring anyway. Otherwise, the costs will outweigh the value.
Landscaping is a huge hit in areas with warm weather and houses with large yards. To decrease the amount of work that you need to do in the yard, adding an irrigation system to a significantly landscaped yard is ideal. The system allows you to set when you want the system to turn on and how long you want it to run. However, contractors will need to tear up parts of your yard in order to install the system’s piping, so the best time to add this upgrade is when you’re planting new grass or ripping up grass for a garden, pond or patio. Otherwise, your yard will suffer.
As you can see, timing is everything when it comes to remodeling. Tons of options are available when it comes to remodeling or upgrading, so make sure your upgrade of choice suits your house and is worth the cost and labor.