We know that home improvement took a big leap at the start of the pandemic, and it is still going strong. According to the website porch.com, about 76% of U.S. homeowners did at least one project since last March.
If you're still in the planning stages of a project, or taking on a second or third, here are seven factors to consider, according to Window World, a window replacement company.
• Set a realistic budget, and set aside some extra. Surprises pop up, and you don’t want to revisit projects later because of sub-par work now. Plan on spending an extra 15-20% of the total project cost — just in case.
• Don't be too trendy. You may want what’s “new and now” in your home, but think about resale value. What’s trendy today won’t necessarily be in style five years down the road. Consider classic designs and styles and get advice from a designer.
• Remember the outside. Don’t forget about curb appeal! The outside of your home is the first thing buyers will notice. Spruce up your yard, power wash your house, and replace your siding to boost your home’s curb appeal and resale value. Consider installing vinyl siding, which is energy efficient, deters termites, and resists cracking and surface scratches.
• Remember the garage. According to Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value report, replacing your garage door is one of the best home repair projects when it comes to resale value, with an average of 95% of the cost recouped. When it comes to color, white is the most popular and will offer the best resale.
• Address even what you can't see. Now is the time to fix air leaks, update insulation, and check structural issues. According to Energy Star, sealing air leaks and adding insulation can provide up to a 10% savings on your energy bills. Projects that cut energy costs help your wallet, and low energy bills are also attractive to homebuyers.
• Don't waive window quality. Energy-efficient windows regulate the temperature inside your home all year long, lowering utility bills. Install new replacement windows to increase your home’s resale value.
• Don't try to do everything yourself. While you may want to tackle a DIY project, many remodeling projects should be left to the professionals. Safety and structural issues often come up when homeowners try to tackle in-depth projects themselves.
Interview several contractors, contact their former clients, and get advice from friends. Never settle on a contractor based solely on cost; get a feel for their work.
For more information, go to windowworld.com/.