Bring in a professional designer to help make tough decisions and add value to your home in this uncertain market.
Can a designer add value to your home?
In an uncertain property market, people are more concerned than ever with making sure that they are able to sell their home and pay off their mortgages when the time comes. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure you think about resale value when making decisions about remodeling projects.
Certain remodeling projects are inherently known to give you more bang for your buck and two of the projects that provide the greatest rate of return are kitchens and bathrooms. Yet, these rooms can also be difficult to design well. That’s where hiring a professional designer can help.
Focus on Kitchens and Bathrooms
Most real estate professionals agree that it is the kitchens and bathrooms that can make the difference between selling a home for enough to pay off your mortgages and not being able to pay off your mortgages.
When you consider fixtures, faucets, plumbing, tiles and appliances, kitchens and bathrooms tend to cost the most per square foot. Therefore, they are typically more expensive to update than other areas throughout the home such as living rooms and dining rooms. It only makes sense that buyers would be interested in finding a home that has a nice kitchen and bathroom, so they don’t need to spend a lot of money doing a lot of work, especially if they max out their cash on mortgages.
A “nice” kitchen and bathroom can be difficult to achieve in many cases when you are remodeling, unless you have an expert eye for good design. Choices that you make in terms of tiles or flooring, countertop material and cabinet design can all make your home look beautiful and modern. But if you choose wrongly, your home can look dated.
Making a decision to remodel your home and put in something that is classic and timeless, rather than trendy, can therefore be a great investment. A professional designer can help you to do this, giving you information about your choices in materials and helping you to decide on a cohesive kitchen and bathroom design that fits the style of your home.
There’s also a lot of technical detail that goes into the design of a kitchen or bathroom that is pleasing to the eye. For instance, cabinets can come in three styles, namely inset, partial overlay and full overlay. Inset cabinets tend to be the most expensive but are stylish and classic. They are usually considered very appropriate for a period look.
Full overlay is a good compromise when you cannot afford or don’t want inset and partial overlay tends to be the style that currently “dates” your house most quickly because it has fallen out of favor. A good designer will know details like this and will help you to make the choices that will wow future buyers.
Is It Time To Bring In a Designer?
When buyers like your design style, they are more likely to be interested in buying your home, of course. This means that investing in the cost of a designer when it comes time to do your next project can be a great investment as you’ll probably be able to recoup a large portion of this cost when it is time to put your property on the market. In some cases, people use second mortgages in order to pay for a remodel and in these circumstances, it is even more important to make sure you use a designer so that you’ll actually increase the value of your home against your mortgages and be able to pay off the cost of the new loan.