Considering Renovating? Do It Now!

Considering Renovating? Do It Now!

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Undertaking any renovation project means considering all aspects of the work to be done before getting started. Cost, hiring contractors, possible temporary displacement from your home, and the like must all be weighed. Yet, if a renovation is desired, now is the best time to get it done.

Reasons Why Renovating Should Not Be Delayed

If you delay your renovation project, you’ll soon learn that:

Project costs most certainly will increase — higher fuel prices are pushing the cost of housing materials ever higher. Products that are petroleum based, such as shingles, rise when gas prices go up. Wait a few months and you could be adding hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars to the cost of the work.

Interest rates may rise — if you are taking out a loan for your home renovation, interest rates are expected to begin rising later this year. Right now, mortgage rates are low, but a shaky economy means that future rates will be higher. Lock in the lowest rate while you can!

Contractor availability — with the housing slump in full force, plenty of contractors are looking for work. This can work to your advantage too — get at least three quotes and compare services offered and prices to find the best deal today.

Of course, when renovating you’ll want to choose your renovations wisely especially if you plan to eventually sell your home. Kitchens and bathroom renovations almost always offer a full return on your investment while most other rooms do not. However, don’t discount the enjoyment a particular room has to offer you as return on investment shouldn’t be allowed to trump your personal satisfaction ever.

Resources

Planning Your Home Expansion Project

All About Spec Planning

Home Equity Lending

Review House Plans

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  1. Cynthia
    Cynthia 3 July, 2008, 14:36

    There are also other benefits to be considered when remodeling. Projects towards energy efficiency and sustainability for example, pay for themselves in cooling, heating and water savings.

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  2. Matthew C. Keegan
    Matthew C. Keegan Author 3 July, 2008, 14:40

    That’s correct, Cynthia. There are certain energy efficiency ideas which should be explored, some of which pay for themselves over time.

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