Homeowners decide to remodel for a number of reasons. Of course, your taste and your family’s immediate needs and should be at the forefront when it comes to making remodeling decisions. But homeowners who fail to plan for the future often come to regret their decision to remodel. The best home remodels are those that not only make your family happier in the home but that add value to your home as well. If you’re looking to remodel your home, think about projects that will be a win-win. Here are some tips to help you be more forward thinking when remodeling.
If you don’t plan in staying in your current home past retirement, you can skip over this one. But if you hope to live out your days in your existing home, then it’s a good idea to start thinking about what features you will need to add in order to comfortably age in place. If you tackle these home improvement projects now, you won’t have to worry about them later when you’re retired, on a fixed income, and physically incapable of doing some of the work yourself.
When planning a remodel, try to image yourself as being much older. Which features will make your life easier? Are their aspects of your current home that will make your life more difficult as you age? Some good projects to consider are replacing your doorways with ones that don’t have a threshold which can potentially trip you up. Wider doorways that can accommodate wheelchairs or walkers are also a good idea. In the kitchen and the bathrooms you’ll want counter tops of varying heights. In every room you’ll want a variety of light sources so that wherever you’re sitting, you can turn on a light without the need to get up. In the master bathroom, go with a walk in shower rather than a tub you have to step into. Also install grab bars, a comfort height toilet, and a handheld shower fixture.
You can make improvements that not only benefit the environment but also your wallet. Improvements that cut your energy bills and water usage will pay for themselves over time. Some projects to consider are upgrading your HVAC system to a more energy efficient one, double pane windows that prevent a draft, and energy efficient appliances that use less water. You might even consider solar panels for your roof. Check for projects that will earn you tax credits as well.
Smart home technology
Homes of the future will be a lot smarter than the homes of today. You can prepare now by investing in smart home technology. Some systems can automate everything from the lights, the temperature, and the security system. Automating these can also reduce energy costs.
The right professionals
Finally, the key to any successful remodeling project is having the right tools and the right expertise. Depending on the project, you may be able to do the work yourself. But other projects will require a licensed professional. For these projects, don’t try to save money by doing them yourself. Hire a professional with the right qualifications and the right tools for the job.
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