Advantages to remodeling your home
There are many advantages to choosing to remodel instead of moving to a different home:
Now more than ever, homeowners are tearing down walls to make their homes brighter, more open and more compatible to their lifestyles. Homeowners remodel to update outdated homes, by adding a kitchen/family room, bonus room, windows and sky lights to bring in views of the outdoors and natural light, and to add a bath so parents don't have to share one with the children.
In addition to updating interiors, some remodeling projects are important to the structure of the home. One of the most common remodeling jobs is roof replacement. Other projects include replacement of siding, storm doors and windows, and insulation. All of these enhancements add to the comfort and energy-efficiency of your home.
Professional house remodels bring big return on investment
One of the first questions people ask about any remodeling project is whether the project will substantially increase the value of their home if and when they choose to sell it. A general rule is that any remodeling project that will bring a home up to the level of the others in the neighborhood is a worthy investment.
Not coincidentally, many of the popular trends and good remodeling investments mirror the trends in new housing, such as a master bedroom suite, exercise room and media room. Potential buyers compare remodeled homes with those that are newly built. So, it makes sense the most sought-after amenities follow similar patterns with new housing and remodeling. Minor kitchen remodels where the homeowner adds a few amenities and resurfaces worn and obsolete tiling, counter tops and cabinets not only raise a home's value, but they may mean the difference between selling or not selling the home.
Remodeling master suites has been one of the most popular projects in recent years. These suites can include everything from skylights to exercise facilities, a hot tub and state-of-the-art video and sound systems. Another popular remodel addition is a second full bath to house with only one. The average home has two-and-one-half baths. So, adding a second full bathroom to a home with only one is likely to pay for itself.
The following is a list of the nine remodeling projects that provide the best return on investment (listed from biggest return to least return). This list assumes the project is professionally constructed.
This article is by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties