Many homeowners pursue home improvement projects for different reasons. Replacing fixtures or appliances, updating the home with new decor, or investing money to upgrade or refurbish a home to sell. Certain upgrades or improvements will yield a higher return, while other improvements, may not be desirable to a buyer. Average return of ninety percent or greater when investing money to remodel a kitchen, and adding a bathroom. Less then ninety percent return, when adding a room, remodeling a bathroom, and replacing windows. Adding a swimming pool may not be desirable to perspective buyers and considering the additional maintenance cost. Building a deck or enclosed garage, can add to the value of the home.
A budget should be considered for home improvement projects. The budget should include some money set aside, for unexpected over budget expenses. If the homeowner is unable to pay for home improvements, than other financial arrangements maybe considered. These include, refinancing current mortgage, to borrow money for a home improvement, and secure a lower interest rate. Assuming the current mortgage has few years to pay off, and the interest rate is at least two percent below the current mortgage. Another option, taking a second mortgage. However the interest rate will be slightly more then the first mortgage, the amount borrowed is a small amount, and will be paid back in less time, then the first mortgage. Home equity loan maybe suitable, if the home is debt free of any mortgage. The homeowner can borrow usually up to 80 percent of the value of the home. Good credit rating has to exist for home equity loan. Another option using credit card that provides a maximum amount, which an unsecured line of credit. However, unsecured credit yields the highest interest rate, and should be paid off sooner than later. The interest rate payment is not deductible. Homeowner that has a brokerage account is eligible for a margin account. The margin account allows the account holder to borrow money, usually up to fifty percent of the value of the brokerage account of securities. However, if the brokerage account falls below a certain amount, then the client can get a margin call. The client would then be forced to either pay back loan immediately or sell all securities in account. Other financial resources include Government Grants, and securing a loan from a union bank, only for union members.
Home improvement projects can sometimes include hiring an architect, Interior designer or contractor for a specific project. Always confirm that who ever you choose to hire, has a license from the state or county, and insured for liabilities. Confirm all references, and check with the department of building codes for any violations. Always obtain a written estimate of the costs. Remember the work has to be done, within a reasonable amount of time. Certainly recommended to get referrals, for a contractor, architect or designer.ï¿½
Home Owners may need landscaping for a home improvement project. This can be a simple as adding flowers, shrubs, mowing the lawn, or cutting the edge. A landscaper maybe hired for more extensive work, including cutting down trees, replacing or moving trees, adding a stone garden or any additions to the landscape, of the property.ï¿½
Home improvements, can be utilize by saving energy. Installing insulated windows, to prevent heat from escaping, and cold from entering the home. Also, insulation in the attic, walls, and floors. Purchasing energy saving hot water heaters, appliances, toilets that use less water, and installing solar panels to produce electricity, can save money throughout the year. The Federal Government has grants to offer for energy efficient homes.
Upgrading the home for safety for home improvements is very important for health of those living in the residence. Fire Detectors should be installed outside of each bedroom, and in areas of the home. Checking them twice a year to make sure the batteries are working. Some fire detectors are hooked into the security home system. Also, installing carbon monoxide detectors, since that is an odorless, and tasteless gas. Especially in homes that use gas ranges, and detecting any gas from automobiles parked, from an attached garage.