Many of us love watching HGTV, DIY Network, and other home improvement networks. We have imagined how exciting it would be to have a makeover crew show up and renovate our residence. Yet, most of us …
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Many of us love watching HGTV, DIY Network, and other home improvement networks. We have imagined how exciting it would be to have a makeover crew show up and renovate our residence. Yet, most of us would like more control of changes in our home.
To make your home makeover dreams happen, follow these guidelines:
• Set a budget — Whether you’re remodeling or planning a complete makeover, make sure you know the cost ahead of time. Having a budget helps you create a spending plan for your money, helps ensure you have enough money for everything needed per room, and helps you stay focused.
• Identify the biggest return for your money — There are many things you can do to renovate your home, but the biggest return for you dollar is paint. “Paint is a cost-effective way to update your home. You can spruce up the look just by changing wall color,” said Jennie Norris, a professional home stager and owner of Sensational Home Staging.
• DIY what you can — “If people are planning to renovate kitchens or bathrooms, I ask what can you do for yourselves to save money? What do you want to hire out?,” said Norris. “Doing some of the work yourself can really help save some money.
For instance, Norris said to update your home, you might replace older, dark doors with white, six to eight panel doors from Home Depot or Lowe’s. You might also do the painting yourself. And faucets are easy to update. To add a touch of class, consider a brushed, antique gold look.
• Check contractor references — Before moving forward with a contractor to do specific work in the home, Norris recommends you check their references and ask the following questions before signing on the
• Were you satisfied with the work?
• Did your project run over the budget?
• Did they clean up the workspace?
• Was the contractor professional and considerate?
• Would you use this contractor again?
• Look for budget-friendly, renovation paint kits online — When Heather White, a Castle Rock resident, decided to update her kitchen countertops, she knew she wanted to do the work herself, but affordably. Online, she found Giani.com, a company that provides DIY paint kits for countertops and other projects.
“I bought the White Diamond kit for about $80,” White said. “I followed all the instructions and used the paint and finishing topcoat. Now I have a gorgeous,
new, very affordable countertop that looks like granite.”
• Research online for paint and decorating ideas — Houzz.com, TheDecorologist.com and Pinterest offer inspirational ideas, showing popular home renovation trends. “Right now, neutrals are still popular, but warmer grays are being used,” Norris said. “I like Agreeable Gray—it’s a greige, or grayish beige from Sherwin-Williams.”
• If selling your house, keep updates “on trend” — Homeowners need to pick home finishes they like, but not create a home that is so custom the improvements are a detriment to selling.
“I tell homeowners to keep in mind if they are planning to sell in the next five years or less, they need to keep their changes on trend,” Norris said. “They need to know what is popular and be sure any
update blends throughout the home.
Consistency is important or you will get a cartoon.”
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