Renovations

Renovating Mistakes

Everyone likes to renovate their home, because we all like the finished product. But renovating a home is not so simple. The upgrades can be crazy expensive, leaving you wondering if moving would have been a better choice. Here are the mistakes most commonly made while renovating your home.

Never smooth sailing

Always assuming your renovations will go according to plan will leave you disappointed. There's always something that is obstructing your plan from being executed flawlessly. There's always obstacles you never anticipate. The lesson here is to prepare for the worst.

Don't cut corners

Sometimes people are in a hurry and just want the job completed as quickly as possible. This leads to rushed work, which is always sloppy work. There is often spillover effects when the work is rushed. The lesson here is to get the job done right. This will save you a headache and money down the road. Trust me.

Make plans

During a renovation you will lose some, if not all of your appliances for a certain amount of time. Maybe you lose your stove and oven, or your washing machine. In this case you'll have to find another way to cook your food and or wash your clothes. If you plan on eating out or using a microwave for the rest of the duration of your renovation, you may leave a big hole in your wallet and put on a few extra pounds. Not to mention finding a laundry mat to go to weekly. The lesson here is to plan ahead and make accommodations for the lifestyle change you are undertaking. 

Do it at your own risk

When deciding to take on your projects yourself, just know that you are on your own and no one is coming to help when you make a big mistake. Just because...

How To Appeal To Baby Boomers When Renovating

As a big chunk of the American population grows older, the baby boomers are becoming the eldest. They make up roughly 76 million people in the country, and they are at least 50 years-old, or older. Yep, that means they are either about to retire, or are already retired, which also means they are empty nesters (hopefully).

As people grow older they typically tend to downsize because the large house they once raised their kids in, becomes too big and too much work to maintain. One story homes become ideal, as well as less square footage.

Flipping a house that appeals to a baby boomer takes an understanding of what they want. It begins with understanding they want smaller homes with special features like an easy-access shower, or higher seating toilets, etc. When flipping a home to appeal to baby boomers, keep these ideas in mind.

Luxury features

Baby boomers often trade their square footage in for luxury living. Because they have probably found their forever home, they’ll want to make it nice. They don’t mind spending the money on the best of things now.

To appeal to this generation begin with installing real wood or tile floors. Granite or marble countertops will be a huge eye-catch, and you can never go wrong with stainless steel appliances.

More convenience

Baby boomers have paid their dues regarding their home repairs. They’ve put in the hours on fixing plumbing, electrical, etc. issues. They are in search of new; new that doesn’t need a ton of maintenance and isn’t a ball of stress.  

Everyone, not just baby boomers loves a low-maintenance yard, appliances that don’t break, energy efficient windows and doors to keep the electric bills down, and open spaces for the flow of traffic and more natural light. The biggest thing for baby boomers is the single story home....

Buying a Fixer-Upper? How You Know When You're Ready

Buying a new home involves some risk; you truly never know what you’re getting yourself into until you live in it. Homes can both be in good shape and be a wonderful home, or they can have multiple problems and cost you big bucks down the road.

If you know you are going to buy a fixer-upper, then you better be able to do the work. These homes generally come around 10% below market value, which is a tempting offer for a lot of DIY’ers.

If you are planning for a fixer-upper to be your next home, make sure your scenarios have at least one of these common aspects.

Simple Upgrades

Your know-how skills are plenty so you won’t be hiring anyone to fix your jobs, but they’re not on the expert level. Hopefully the home you’re interested in doesn’t have any electrical, plumbing, or foundation issues, leaving most of the work to the cosmetic department.

Homes that need cosmetics usually need a bit of drywall, all new paint, possibly trim, replacing the cabinets, countertops, and light fixtures. It starts to get pretty involved if vanities and floor replacements. If you have the skills to do so, go right ahead.

The numbers work

A fixer-upper is only a good idea when the numbers add up. These are 100% investments and nothing short. One needs to ask themselves if the money they are willing to spend will be returned and then some in the future when they sell.

Real estate is priced around what someone will pay for it. Different houses with different insides sell for quite a difference, and the difference is the money spent on the inside.

Right place, right time

There can be difficulties getting from the get-go. You may have trouble getting permits for the upgrades you want to perform, which will leave you sitting in a house...