Remodeling your home is a great way to increase its
value and functionality, but it's very easy to go overboard and spend too
much money on the remodeling project. If you're looking into remodeling your
house, you need to consider whether you would come out better by remodeling
it or selling it and buying new.
The traditional way for homeowners to increase the
value of their house is by remodeling the existing rooms or adding on to the
Some homeowners choose to build recreation rooms and
finished basements while others may add new fixtures, cabinets, and
appliances to enliven the rooms and make their home more attractive to
some things to consider when remodeling:
- The type of remodeling you are
planning to do is important. If you plan to repaint your house then
the investment will not be large. But if your plan to make an
extension in the existing structure, then it will involve a big
investment. Depending on the geographical location of the house such
an investment will be positive or negative.
- Returns will depend on the market
value for houses in your locality. If the prices of house are
increasing in your locality, then you will get a good return. But it
prices are decreasing then remodeling will not add value to your
- Returns will depend on how your
house will appear after the remodeling is done. If it doesn't fit in
with the way the other houses look in the neighborhood then the
value of the house will not increase.
- If the taxes are high in your
municipality then the value of houses will decrease.
- If the crime rate is high in your
neighborhood then the returns on remodeling will be less. As your
locality will be less attractive to new tenants.
- Returns will depend on number
factors in the neighborhood as well. If a highway is being
constructed in the neighborhood the value of the house is likely to
decrease in future.
- Returns will depend on the time
taken to commute to one's work place. If your neighborhood has easy
access to work places and highways then the value of your house is
likely to increase.
- If local transport facilities are
good then the returns on remodeling may be high.
- Returns on remodeling investment
will depend on the quality of elementary schools and the over all
quality of public education system. If the quality of education is
good then the returns will be high.
- Returns will depend on easy access
to shops, grocery stores, restaurants and shopping centers in the
neighborhood. If your house has easy access to most of the above
then the value of your house is likely to increase with remodeling.