Spring isn’t all about cleaning. For some homeowners, it’s a time to start a fresh, new design project that makes the home more functional, more attractive–or both!
I will introduce you to a few helpful springtime remodeling tips. Whether your budget is large or small, and no matter how new your home is, there’s a perfect remodeling idea that can make it a more enjoyable place to live. Here are a few:
1. Choose Materials That Complement the Neighborhood
It never hurts to let your property “stand out” with some elegant flowers or a well-manicured lawn, but if you plan on installing a metal roof or siding, make sure it matches the surrounding homes. Even if you favor a particular construction material, choosing one that adds to your neighborhood’s style is a gesture the entire community will appreciate.
Choosing the right materials for an exterior remodeling project is about more than deciding between asphalt and metal; it’s also about finding the right colors to match other homes. If you really want to stand out, consider matching the color and material type, but use a different texture.
For example, many homeowners are learning that metal roofs not only save money in the long run, but they also offer a wide selection of shingle designs. Some are diamond shaped, and some are large, single panes. Metal roofs have advanced to offer homeowners plenty of options for panel size and shape, texture and even color.
2. Do It Right the First Time
The greatest satisfaction of a remodeling project comes right when you can enjoy the final product. But all too often, people rush through projects and, ultimately, they end up having to invest either time or money in repairs.
You can avoid this issue by hiring professional builders. For more complicated projects, such as installing a new window or roof, or adding siding, it’s always recommended that homeowners seek the help of experienced builders. With an established company, you can be sure the project finishes right the first time.
3. Unclutter Storage Areas
If you really want to get your hands dirty with some do-it-yourself remodeling projects, storage space is a good place to start. Gut your attic, closet and garage. Organize your belongings in labeled containers, but before you return them, take the time to install new shelves, hooks or other storage amenities.
From time to time, almost every homeowner puts off cleaning a cluttered area. But when the project’s finally complete, there’s nothing quite like being able to find exactly what you’re looking for, exactly when you need it.
4. Ask Yourself, “What’s Timeless?”
Style trends come and go, but certain design projects are timeless. Make sure that you approach the renovation with an eye on the future. Will you be happy with its look and functionality in two years? What about five years? Or 10 years?
This isn’t just about style; it’s about where you see your life heading. If you plan to have a child, consider investing in a room addition. Until the big day comes, you can use that room as an entertainment area or home office.
Here’s another question to ask: “When do you plan to sell your home?” Some renovators are perfectly content where they are, and the project aims to make home more comfortable or functional. For others, though, remodeling is about increasing the value of the house.
No matter how you spin it, a project that increases the value of your home is usually a smart investment. Metal roofs, for example, are slightly more expensive than cheaper alternatives like asphalt, but they last much longer and they reflect heat, as well, which lowers energy bills. These benefits make metal roof installation a smart idea for any homeowner who intends to list within the next 30 years—and, well, that’s most homeowners.
If you’d like more information about springtime remodeling projects that can transform your property, call Global Home Improvement at (877) 711-9850.
About the Author: Paul Kazlov is a “green” home remodeling enthusiast and an industry pioneer for innovation in home renovation. Paul writes for the Global Home Improvement Blog and strives to educate people about lifetime remodeling solutions such as metal roofing. Follow him on Twitter @PaulKazlov.
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