Over the years, kitchens have evolved from a place where food is simply prepared and served in another room into a multi-function open area that is the heart and soul of the home. No matter its size, the kitchen is a big part of every modern household. Stop into our Naples Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Showroom today to schedule your own WOW kitchen remodel. Read More
You might not plan on selling tomorrow but you should be aware of the return you can expect on the investments you make in your home renovations. Prepare to be surprised at the cost versus value ratio for these common home remodeling projects.
Renovations that bring the greatest percentage return on investment, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report for 2015.
Entry door replacement (steel): 101.8 percent
Deck addition (wood): 80.5 percent
Attic bedroom: 77.2 percent
Garage door replacement: 88.4 percent
Minor kitchen remodel: 79.3 percent
Renovations that yield the smallest return:
Home office remodel: 48.7 percent
Sunroom addition: 48.5 percent
Bathroom addition: 57.8 percent
Backup power generation: 59.9 percent
Master suite addition: 61.7 percent
All 35 projects included in the Cost vs. Value report added more value this year than last year, and this is the second consecutive year of increases after several years of decline.
Replacing old elements, such as doors, windows and siding, in general yielded a better financial return than bigger remodeling projects, such as additions. But real estate agents and remodelers say updated kitchens and baths still bring a significant payoff, especially at resale time. The report found that kitchen projects yielded a higher return than bath projects, with a major kitchen remodel adding 67.8 percent of the project’s cost back to the home’s value. Kitchens are important because would-be buyers often overestimate how much they would cost to update and that may make them shy away from the sale.
Renovations within the existing envelope of your home – those that don’t require you to build an addition or expand the roof and foundation – often return more value than building extra rooms onto your home.
Adding a powder room and then closing off a hall bathroom to make a bedroom suite is popular and it doesn’t require adding to the home.
Replacing windows with French doors that open to views of the water or landscaped yard is another popular, and cost effective, renovation project that immediately gives your home the feeling of more space and light.
Always remember that while resale value is one factor to consider in a remodeling project, the value to you as an occupant should also be a high priority, especially if you have no immediate plans to sell your home within the next year.
Would you like to know what renovations you can do to sell your home quickly? Contact us today for a free consultation or stop by our Kitchen and Bath Remodeling showroom to take a look at luxury tile, flooring, lighting, fixtures and kitchens for your project.
It may be the height of the winter snowbird season now, but remodeling season isn’t far behind. In only a few short months, most of Naples, Florida, will be in a state of renovation as home owners retreat to summer homes in the north and leave their Florida living spaces in the hands of their builders.
If you’re considering a remodeling project this spring or summer, we’ve put together a set of guidelines to consider over the next few months to ensure that your new renovation meets your expectations.
Write down what you like and don’t like about your home
Living in the space gives you plenty of opportunity to determine what you love (and what you don’t love) about your home. Maybe the bathroom that seemed so charming when you purchased the home is beginning to take on a decidedly cramped feel now that you’re using it every day. Or perhaps your kitchen flooring is shamefully outdated and in need of replacing. Make a list of what you’d like to change when you think of it; don’t trust that you’ll remember during the consultation with your builder.
Discuss your upcoming project with your neighbors and property manager
It seems strange – why should your neighbors and building staff be involved in your remodel planning process, but you’d be surprised what a resource they can be. Property managers and support staff may be able to recommend a trusted architect, designer or contractor; neighbors may provide a preferred remodeling schedule so major renovations can be done at all hours, saving you time and money on an upcoming project. As much as a great professional remodeling company will try and be mindful of people around the home, any additional legwork you can do to ensure your project goes smoothly will be appreciated.
Hire a professional remodeling company you can trust
You won’t feel comfortable handing your keys to a remodeling company unless you’re completely confident they can do the job with quality and honesty. To find a great contractor, ask for references from friends and family that have worked with Florida builders in the past. Always double check names with the Better Business Bureau and Houzz. Ask your potential remodeling companies to see a copy of their liability insurance and surety bond coverage. These insurances protect you from legal action and are a great way to confirm how professional your potential contractor is. Verify the remodeler license status to make sure they are active and in good standing. As an extra precaution, we recommend checking references before you settle on a remodeler.
Communicate clearly and often
Double-confirm paint color selections, materials requested, tile choices until you are completely confident that your home will be remodeled to your exacting standards. A professional contractor will welcome open and honest communication at the beginning of a project so that they can also work securely, confident that they are fulfilling the project specifications. Communication doesn’t start and stop with your remodeling company. Tell your neighbors that contractors will be renovating your home and always provide emergency numbers so you can be reached easily in case of an emergency.
It’s never too early to schedule your remodel. Call us today for a free estimate or stop by our Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Showroom at 1410 Pine Ridge Road in Naples.
As the most popular rooms in any home, kitchens and bathrooms traditionally get the most attention when it’s time for a remodel. But let’s take a moment to remember the rooms and spaces that connect every room together, the living area that makes the whole house worth living in. The hallways and foyers. Read More
To remodel or not to remodel, that is the question. If you’re debating with yourself and your loved ones over the answer, you might not be ready to take the plunge into a lengthy renovation project. Based on our almost two decades of remodeling experience, clients who answer YES to these 5 questions get the most satisfaction and the least discomfort out of their renovation.
1. Are you ready to bring your home up to date?
Technology, style trends and materials have all come a long way since the early 1960’s and ‘70’s. If your home was built during those decades, chances are you’re still using the same appliances and amenities that were new in the last century. Remodeling may give you access to the smart technology and upgraded flooring, lighting and appliance options that are available today.
2. Does your home say ‘quiet night in’ but you’re saying ‘party, party, party?’
Entertaining friends and family can be the motivating factor behind upgrading your floor plan. A closed-off kitchen and boxed-in floor plan are the enemies of a household that wants to be the center of the social scene. Remodeling can create an open flow through the kitchen and main floors, allowing for increased comfort and accessibility.
3. Have you had a change in your life circumstances?
Universal design – accommodating disabled or special needs residents and guests – is becoming a must-have for aging or physically challenged homeowners. Wheelchair ramps, no threshold showers and safety rails are a few of the most common requests. In addition to designing for convenience, remodels are often necessary to accommodate blended families. Today, multi-generational homes are more common than ever before. If your house has gotten more crowded recently, a remodel can make bedrooms bigger, bathrooms more service-oriented and living spaces maximized.
4. Are you interested in maximizing your investment?
According to the 2014 Cost vs Value Report, a major kitchen remodel can recoup up to 75% of its cost when you sell your home. Costs of a bathroom remodel may be recouped up to 72 percent. A smart remodeling strategy can increase your investment in your home significantly. Before undertaking an investment-related remodeling project, speak with your licensed contractor about managing material expenses and expectations for the end result.
5. Do you have a survival plan for the construction phase?
Depending on the scope of the project, if you can be out of the home for most of the construction timeline, we recommend it. However, moving into a temporary residence is not realistic for most people, which is why most professional contractors will work with homeowners to develop a manageable timeline for the phases of the construction project so you can work around it. Know what you’re going to do with pets to keep them out of the way of the work, and develop a schedule for you and your family so you can stick to a routine as closely as possible.
If you can say yes to at least four out of five of these questions, you’re ready to get started on a remodeling project. If you’re still not sure, please contact us or stop by our Naples Remodeling showroom at 1410 Pine Ridge Road. We offer free consultations and carry luxury remodeling materials to help you finalize your project.
Remodeling your living space is very different than building a new home or transforming the exterior of your home. Always hire a professional remodeling team with verifiable skills as well as intangible qualities such as integrity, respect and professionalism. After all, a remodeling job is usually done while you’re still living in the home so you may literally have to live with the company you hire. Read More