As the Chicago area real estate market still experiences low inventory, many buyers factor in the cost of remodeling when considering a home purchase. Small projects can be tackled Do-It-Yourself style, but others could be deal-breakers. I have compiled a list of tips that will help you weigh your options when considering a home remodel especially in the North Shore Suburbs and Highland Park Area.
Assessment. Understanding the difference between doing a project right and a quick fix might take the eyes of a professional. Sometimes Do-It-Yourself projects can cause you more problems down the line. Consider conducting an energy audit, or hiring a contractor to evaluate your home for trouble areas. Smaller scale projects like replacing the windows on an existing home might save more than you think on energy bills.
Organization. Are the kitchen cabinets falling off the walls? Do you want to add a steam shower to the master bathroom? Determining your priorities is step one in considering a home renovation. Create a timeline to align with your budget and assign goals quarterly or yearly to ensure you make improvements in a cost-effective manner.
One Room at a Time. If you decide to tackle projects on your own without hiring a professional, stay focused on one room or area of the home before moving on. The paint chip aisle in the hardware store might help inspire you, but avoid buying the paint for the next room before it dries in the last. Avoid overwhelming yourself and start slow.
As an experienced realtor in Highland Park for over 20 years, I have established relationships with local contractors and home remodeling professionals. If you are considering upgrading your home, I am happy to connect you with experts in renovation and home assessments. Call or Email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org and 847-681-4159.