Every homeowner dreams about “going big” in terms of home renovations. For example – if you had all the time and money you needed (and a great professional team to collaborate with), what are the biggest projects you’d undertake? You might completely reinvent your kitchen, tear down and rebuild all your bathrooms, create a big open living area, or even add another floor to your home. When you’ve got the budget and the ideas, there’s no limit to the types of home renovation you can achieve.
But let’s get real – the vast majority of us don’t have unlimited budgets for realizing our home renovation dreams. In fact, most homeowners have to choose their major projects very carefully. It’s not uncommon to plan for months or even years before actually putting up the cash to realize a major home renovation project.
What about minor projects? This is actually one of the most exciting aspects of home renovation – those projects that can be done with a limited budget and limited time. They allows people to change and improve their homes over time, project by project – and it’s amazing how all those little projects add up. Before you know it, your home looks completely different than it did five years ago – all because you kept at it with those minor renovation projects.
Here are three of the most common minor renovations undertaken by homeowners in the 21st century.
1. Re-glazing an old bathtub
You might not want to follow the shower stall trend, or your bathtub might actually be too large to remove easily. When budget constraints are an issue and people want to get rid of an old and unattractive bathtub, a re-glaze can make it look perfectly new again for an average cost of $300-400.
2. Landscaping improvements
With the right strategy in place, it’s possible to make dramatic improvements to your landscape for less than a thousand dollars. It’s amazing what difference this can make, too. Curb appeal is a major selling point for houses, and can even affect refinancing.
3. New door/entryway
A lot of people don’t think about this renovation because they’re too busy looking at other projects – but a new entryway can dramatically lift the appearance of your home, and make you feel good every time you step through the door.
Putting your renovations in good hands
Whether your renovation project is small or large, you want extra care to go into it. Because when the rubber meets the road, this is about your home, your family, and your property value. It’s also about your lifestyle. Finding the right contractor for your renovation is actually more important than a lot of people realize – and there is a lot of variation in terms of skills and experience. Taking a close look at online reviews that have been written by past customers is a great window into what this contractor is actually like – keeping in mind that your expectations may be even higher than those of a given reviewer. One thing is for sure – putting extra time and researching into finding the very best contractor available is always going to be time well spent.