The ability to convert dreams into reality is the number one reason why homeowners undertake a renovation project, found a recent survey of homeowners conducted by Houzz.com. Of those, nearly half undertook a renovation project in 2018.
The reasons for all types of renovation projects parallel the reasons our clients in southern New England decide to renovate their homes. The other major reasons for renovating in 2018 (and likely in 2019) include:
- Desire to customize a recently purchased home
- Correcting damage due to home age, pests and lack of functionality
- Adapting to recent lifestyle changes
- Preparing home for sale to increase value
- Addressing damage from a natural disaster
Nearly half of survey respondents opted to renovate their existing home as opposed to purchase new. The primary reasons included the ability to make a distinct and personal design statement by capitalizing on the opportunity to customize features and design and a desire to stay in their existing neighborhoods.
The goals of renovation are not surprising. Almost all of our clients remodel to improve the look, feel and functionality of their homes. Another major reason is to increase the value of the home, and the best return on investment in home renovations is a new kitchen. Kitchen renovations provide a 92.9% return on investment, according to Remodeler magazine. A bathroom remodel that includes replacing the toilet, tub and light fixtures, plus adding a double-sink, tiling the floor and hanging wallpaper can result in a $1.71 increase in home value for every dollar spent, according to Zillow.
The top challenges homeowners face are finding the right service providers, staying on budget and finding the right products. The reason why homeowners have a difficult time finding the right service providers and products is that the Internet is both our friend and foe. While the Internet provides access to every product and service that you could ever need for a remodel project, the amount of information available online can be overwhelming, is often incorrect, is likely to cause analysis paralysis, contributes to unrealistic expectations and elevates stress levels. That’s why a professional kitchen and bath Design Center is your greatest asset. Design Center professionals specialize in making order out of chaos.
The reasons why staying on budget is so difficult is due to not having a well-crafted and complete plan. Another reason why estimating and sticking to a budget is difficult for most homeowners is that home improvement television is not a documentary but entertainment. Both budgets and timetables do not reflect reality and costs almost never include labor expenses.
If your kitchen, bath, laundry room, basement, closets or other areas of your home no longer meet your desires, needs or preferences, give us a call at 401-463-1550 or visit our Design Center at 139 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. We will show you how you too can turn your dreams into realities!