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Time for an upgrade for your home?

Posted By: In: Charleston SC Homes For Sale
Date: Wed, Sep 7th 2016 12:01 pm

Time for an upgrade for your home? 

So you made a purchase and got a good deal in an ideal area, perhaps you’ve been in your home for years now but it's time for a refresh to give your home a modern feel. Beyond routine home maintenance  time to time it's important to invest in, well, your investment. For your home to appreciate in value in-line with the market it needs to keep up with trends with other homes in the area.  So maybe your home deserves something new. Kitchen and baths seem to have been a staple of upgrades and biggest bang for your buck (a.k.a. return on investment).  So what to do, upgrade, expand, reconfigure?  Often times it could be as simple as updated materials and a fresh coat of paint.  But perhaps now is the time to put some upgrades. Maybe upgrading electrical, plumbing, flooring, HVAC to keep up with the demands of the function of these spaces.   

Plan your attack-Having an idea of what the scope of the project will entail will help keep the project on tract, on-budget, and give you the outcome you set to accomplish.  Design, selecting a contractor, choosing materials, then there's what level of finishes will keep your investment inlign with your desired outcome. And then you need to have a contingency plan, having your kitchen offline may be a bigger inconvenience than you may have planned.  You may find that washing dishes in the bathroom sink an impossible task.  Being without your oven or stove or trekking to the garage to access the refrigerator may be an task you don't want to deal with, eating meals out certainly can eat into your project budget. The design should still keep in-line with the value of the home and surrounding area homes.  You don't want to invest so much money into a gourmet kitchen that it is overvalued in what your home would appraise for.  There was a time just a few short years ago that granite counters and stainless steel appliances were reserved for high-end homes. Today they are barely upgrades when building new construction homes.  Deciding to upgrade your home is a great way to get the most enjoyment from your home while protecting your investment for it's future value. Be cautious of trendy design elements that may go out of style before you're willing to put money into another update.