Are you planning to tackle some simple home renovations or possibly considering a partial or complete remodel of your entire house? How do you choose which home improvements to make with the budget you have in mind?

If your home is older and feels cramped, it may benefit from an interior reconfiguration for a more functional, open space. Excessive or poorly located hallway space, odd closet configurations, undersized or oversized rooms can be transformed into more livable, usable space.

Depending on your goals and budget you can make the most out of your home. Even smaller updates can still have a big impact. Room additions or a second-floor addition will give you more space and may be a desirable alternative to finding a new home. 

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Your home renovation decisions should be based on your long-term plans, whether you plan to stay in your home for a while or plan to move. Before you make the decision, think about how your current home works for your current life style and where you’d like to be in five to ten years.

If you’re not planning to move in the near future, you may want to spend your money remodeling in a way that you’ll most enjoy. You can measure the value of the home improvements you make with your use and enjoyment of your home in the upcoming years.

If you anticipate relocating, smaller home renovation projects, updates or refreshes for aesthetic appeal may give you the biggest bang for the buck.

Whatever your future living plans are, find a contractor that can help you make a plan that works for you and will help you stick to that plan. Setting a realistic budget and sticking with that budget can eliminate much of the stress, headache, and frustration that sometimes goes along home improvement projects. Doing your research ahead of time is key; you don’t want to change things up or switch directions in the middle of a job.  Your contractor should have the resources and knowledge to help you meet your goals and if necessary, find ways for you to save by suggesting energy efficient products and low-cost alternatives to luxury items.

About the Author

This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. For more information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart at lorraine@idealconsulting.net. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit www.ghba.org.

The Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association is an organization of remodelers and industry professionals. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence and professionalism within the industry, and public awareness of the Remodelers Council. We achieve this through education, certification and service to the membership, industry and the community. Members of the Remodelers Council give back to the Houston community by participating in an annual charity project. The Remodelers Council holds an annual Garage Sale at the September Texas Home and Garden Show with proceeds going to their local charity project. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit the GHBA website.

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