Trends in Atlanta home remodeling have shifted since the economic changes in the last couple of years. Whereas in prior years home owners were inclined to include whatever their heart wanted in creating their dream home these days home owners are taking into consideration the value of homes in their neighborhood for resale. Several metro Atlanta counties and areas have seen a decline in home values however not all neighborhoods have been negatively impacted.
When deciding on how much money you want to invest in your home remodeling project the location of your home is very important. If you live in a well established popular neighborhood in the Atlanta area; Druid Hills, Emory, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs to name a few then your choice location will support reasonable remodeling and home additions. In fact potential home buyers expect to have a great kitchen and master bedroom suite with a spa like bathroom when buying in the more fashionable neighborhoods. Not having renovated your home will keep potential buyers away.
A few questions to ask before you remodel are how long do you plan to stay in your home? If you want to be able to sell your house within the next couple of years for maximum return then a well designed kitchen and spacious master bathroom will bring you the best return on your money. These are always in the top must haves when buyers are looking at homes. However choosing your materials with a budget conscious eye and quality are your best bet.
Visiting houses for sale and in your neighborhood in the price range you want to sell your house for will give you a good idea what your competition is. Keep abreast of the houses you visited and learn what the price they sold for and how long they were on the market. This takes a little effort but will not only give you ideas for what you want in your new kitchen and bathroom it will help you decide just how much you need to spend. For example are the homes that are getting the price you want showcasing an $8000 48 inch profession Viking range and built in Sub Zero refrigeration?
If you are remodeling only with the idea of selling the home quickly and for a profit then knowing what your buyers are looking for and supplying what they want with the least amount of cash is the way to go. Many times this can be using the existing layout in your kitchen and refinishing your cabinets instead of tearing out everything. Replacing your stove and refrigerator with stainless steel appliances that have the look of the high end name brands are a cost cutting measure. Wood floors are a must have and purchasing remnants from a close out dealer can save you hundreds of dollars.
If you plan to live in your home the rest of your life then having the home be exactly what you want it to be trumps the investment dollar. Your investment is living in a home that makes you happy. In most cases homeowners take the happy medium, not settling for the cheapest materials and finding quality replacements for designer products that you love but are very expensive. With an eagle eye you can find beautiful stones, tiles, flooring, and fixtures that let your home remodeling project bring a touch of elegance and extravagance without the big price tag. Your Atlanta remodeling contractor will know places to find the best prices for many of the materials you will need to pick out. The time and effort spent will reward you with a great renovation and the good feeling that your money was well spent.