You know it’s springtime in the Rockies when the last flakes of snow for the season melt away, brightly colored tulips spring to the surface after a long, cold winter and chirping bird songs welcome you in the morning. Other sure signs that spring is in the air is when your to-do list is overflowing with home improvement and remodeling projects, especially if you are thinking about putting your home on the market this summer.
If you are in the market this spring for a major home remodel, or even just a makeover, you are not alone. An article in The Denver Post recently released results from the 2013 Remodeling Sentiment Report, which reported that homeowners are showing more confidence in pursuing their home remodeling projects than they have during the past three years and homeowners are planning on increasing their remodeling scopes and expenditures on projects this year. According to the article, homeowners surveyed for the industry report said that they are planning on remodeling 3.6 rooms this year (up from 2.6 in 2010) and spend an estimated $114,000 (up from an average of $80,000 in 2010). (1)
Whether the purpose of your spring remodeling projects is for your own personal enjoyment or to update your home for resale, it can quickly become overwhelming to figure out where to get started on these projects. To help ease the tension of getting started on this year’s remodeling projects, begin with the following five steps to spring your project into action.
Do a Walkthrough to Uncover Remodeling Clues
To get a real pulse on what needs to be done around your house, walk through your home from room to room and corner to corner to get a clear perspective on the type and amount of work that needs to be completed. Whether you are planning on selling your home this summer or not, it can be beneficial to walk through your home with a buyer’s cap on so you can pinpoint the areas in your home that will add more value and marketability for potential buyers when you’re eventually ready to sell.
Create a Master List
Write down all of the projects that you uncover during your walkthrough and organize their importance by prioritizing what projects need to be completed first and which ones can hold off until later in the season. Typically, structural remodels should take preference over cosmetic ones, especially if you are planning on selling your home this summer. The last thing you want to happen during the sale process is a stalled closing due to structural issues identified during the inspection process.
Find Good Contractors, Fair Prices
If you and/or your spouse are a handyman at heart, then you may choose to dig into your spring remodeling projects without the help of professional contractors. However, if you are like the majority of homeowners who don’t know the first thing about ripping out walls or installing new kitchen cabinets, then finding a good contractor/s who offers a fair price and agrees with you desired project completion timeframe is critical. You can start the process of weeding through potential contractors by searching reputable online contractor lists and asking for referrals from friends and family members. Plan to get at least three price quotes from each type of contractor you need to hire so you can feel comfortable with the price and experience of the contractors you choose.
Develop Realistic Plan for Smooth Project Success
To keep your remodeling projects on budget, on time and within the parameters that you and your family are comfortable with, it’s important to make a realistic project plan that works with and not against your family’s regular schedule. If you are doing a major remodel and have young kids in the house, you may want to stay with a friend or family member during the bulk of the project so that you don’t disrupt everyone’s schedules too much. You may also want to plan on starting a project around a slow time at work so you can be available for contractor consults, buying materials and unplanned emergencies that may come up throughout the project.
Get Started Before the Season Heats Up in Denver
Remodeling season is officially in full swing and is only bound to get more busy and hectic as the warm weather settles in and summer break begins. Even if you aren’t ready to get started on the actual remodeling work just yet, you still can get a jump on your project by lining out contractor interviews and creating a project plan that fits your schedule and lifestyle.
When you are ready to show off all of your remodeling hard work and reap the financial benefits of adding more value in your home, call the Denver real estate team at New Era Realty. Expert agents can help you get the best return on your investment when you’re ready to sell your remodeled Denver area home.
1 Remodeling is making a comeback, and the numbers are beautiful - The Denver Post