Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.
With the downturn in the housing market, there are now many homes for sale. This can be problematic if you are also trying to sell a home. It can be difficult to catch and keep the attention of potential buyers. What those savvy in real estate know it that the best strategy for making a sale is having an X factor that differentiates your home from all the others on the block. You might think that making your house buzzworthy would cost a small fortune, but the truth is small, smartly executed upgrades can go a long way in increasing your home's value and allure.
Kitchen Cabinets and Counter-Tops
The kitchen is a natural place for people to congregate, so your kitchen should always feel warm and inviting. However if your kitchen is a not-so- appealing blast from the past you may want to considering updating before putting your house on the market. If you do not want to pay for the cost of totally remodeling your kitchen, you can still dramatically change the feel of the room by swapping out old counter tops and painting or re-staining existing cabinets. In the eighties through the early thousands, a lot of new constructions used light colored oak wood which now has a dated feel. Try staining your cabinets a dark cherry to modernize your kitchen, or paint the cabinets an off white to capitalize on the trendy French country style. If space permits, you may be able to add a kitchen island which can increase the function and style of the kitchen.
Adding crown molding to your home can add sophistication and elegance without breaking the bank. Crown molding is also relatively easy to install yourself, which is a great way to save money. It is the small finishing touches, like molding, that will make potential buyers remember your house in a sea of comparable choices.
A pool or spa area should be a place of recreation and relaxation. A pool with a splotchy or deteriorating looking surface looks ill-maintained, and can make potential buyers quickly lose interest. A new finish can make your pool look brand new, at a surprisingly affordable cost. Custom pool surfacing is often available for under $1,000.
If your home lacks in curb appeal, you have a major hurdle to overcome when finding a buyer. Re-siding or re-roofing your home can be extremely costly and time consuming endeavors. Ramp up your home's aesthetics by "cheating" and adding a new stylish garage door. Because most garage doors are very visible at the front of the house you can easily alter the whole look and feel of a home with a new garage door. Carriage style garage doors are especially popular with modern home builders.
After the kitchen, your hearth is the most popular area for people to gather. The fireplace also plays an important role in family and holiday celebrations. Help your future buyers envision a future in your home by creating an inviting hearth environment. To save money you can buy mantels and mantel kits which are easily installed, and can make a dramatic statement.
By targeting key areas of your home, you can secure a higher selling price with less fuss and expense than a typical remodel.Share
26 September 2014