Are there a lot of projects you’d like to do on your house but don’t know where to start? Let’s take a look at the most popular home renovations and help you decide which one might be right for you.
The top three most popular home renovation projects are kitchen remodels, bathroom renovations, and home additions. They may seem obvious to you, and that’s for good reason. Kitchens are the heart of the home; they’re where people tend to congregate at parties or during the holidays. Bathrooms are often outdated, as you can read about in the upgrading your 1950’s bathroom blog post. This is probably why bathrooms tend to be popular remodeling projects, because it’s usually the ugliest part of your house if it has never been updated. And finally, additions. Whether you’re adding an addition for a larger master bedroom, a larger kitchen, adding a sunroom, or expanding your living room, the bottom line is that you’re adding space. Home additions are great because they allow you to grow in your home and not have to go through the process of moving or finding a new home that meets everything you’re looking for.
Having a grasp on the most common projects can help you to narrow down your choice. First think about how the improvement will affect you, and then think about how it will affect resale value if you ever decide to sell your house.
Renovating to sell?
If you’re doing a renovation because you’re getting ready to sell your house, then an addition might not be the best option. There are buyers looking for all types and sizes of house, so expanding the size might not get you any larger pool of potential buyers. A better bet in this situation would probably be improving your kitchen, because it’s the first thing people see, and it can really add a wow factor.
Renovating for a growing family?
If you’re thinking of doing a renovation because you’re growing your family and running out of space, the obvious choice is probably to do an addition. As mentioned above, this allows you to stay in your home; especially if it’s in a neighborhood you love and want to stay in. Add a second story, dormer out a cape style home, or expand into existing yard space. Just make sure the addition you’re planning is allowed by city codes. Some cities don’t allow you to add an in-law apartment without going before the town or city government board.
Renovating because you’re sick of an outdated style?
Kitchens and bathrooms are both good options for renovating if you want to update an outdated home. First, think about which area is more outdated, or which one you can live with for a little longer before upgrading it as well.
So the bottom line is, if you’re planning an upgrade or renovation to your home, first ask yourself the reason you want to do updates, and then see which option might be best suited for your situation.