Buying a home means considering how you plan to improve that home and make it your own. The term renovation doesn’t mean a big task, it can mean several small projects that make up your renovation over time. Whatever the case, there are some things to consider before you get started.

Increasing the value of your property can be a major reason to think about renovating. Now while this is definitely a possibility, it is important to think about the actual costs of the renovation before embarking upon such an endeavor. Another factor to consider is whether or not those renovations will truly be an investment by the time you plan on selling the home. The timing and costs of the actual renovation are key factors in determining if this is a feasible reason to renovate for your particular situation.

What Type of Project Is Right For Me?

When considering the budget of your renovation, another important question to consider is whether or not this is something that changes the appearance of your home or if it’s a structural renovation. Structural changes are of course going to cost a bit more but sometimes are necessary especially in the case of a fix and flip. You will also need to notify the city about these types of renovations to advise on any permits or regulations you will need to consider in your renovation plan.

One way to fix up your home before you put it on the market, the cosmetic route will most likely be the better case for you as it’s more cost effective. The important thing to consider in this situation is to make sure you don’t invest too much making your home more appealing to buyers that you undercut your profit margin. Improving things like window furnishings, light fixtures and flooring can make a visual impact on potential buyers without breaking the bank.

How Much Should I Spend?

Next, you may want to ask yourself how much of a budget you have for your project. Keep in mind, extraneous expenses will come about and you may have to increase your budget for certain materials or if your contractor needs extra time. The best way to stay on track with your budget is to allow for a buffer of at least 10 percent for any hidden costs.

You will also want to contact more than one person for each part of the job you plan on hiring to get more than one offer to ensure you are getting the best deal and keeping your budget as low as possible. This is a key way to save money on your project while also making sure to get everything on the list completed.

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Before setting a date to start your project, these are some major questions you should consider before deciding to renovate. If you have any other questions about financing this type of project or any other lending needs, feel free to reach out to our team at North Star Mortgage Network Inc today!