Tips on home remodeling

When most people think about home remodeling, they tend to get worried that it will lead to more and more projects so they decide to just keep their out-dated kitchen as it is. The thought of remodeling your Houston home can be overwhelming. Before you decide to hold-off on that dream bathroom out of fear of the project turning into something bigger, we at Century Construction Services want to introduce a list of things you can do to help make the remodeling process run smoothly and stay on track.

1. Have a Vision

Start pulling together anything and everything you like; from color schemes, layouts, to appliances, everything. Just as many life-coaches advise you to create a vision board for your goals, you should create one for your remodeling goals. Find pictures of things you like, and compile it all together. Having a clear vision of what you want will help you and your contractor stick to the design you want.

2. Measure Everything

Make sure you have a good and accurate idea of the measurements you are working with, from door sizes to wall lengths and window widths. Knowing the scale of the room you have to work with will help you find ideas that are reasonable and feasible. Do not stress too much about this, your contractor will do all the dirty work here, but you don’t want to get your hopes up on a plan that won’t fit in your space.

3. Find a Contractor

You should look around for the right company to handle your remodeling. Do some investigating on your remodeler’s experience, qualifications and reviews. Once you find a company you feel good about working with, interview them! You and your contractor will be working close together during the renovation process, so interview them like you would a potential roommate (because let’s be real, that is basically what they will be). Make sure that your vision is clear, and that their goals align with yours before the process even starts.

4. Expect the Unexpected

Even the most experienced remodeling companies cannot always anticipate what lies behind walls, under ceilings, or beneath floorboards. Sometimes plans will have to change. Challenges will more than likely arise and decisions will have to be made. Work with your contractor to make the best decisions for your budget and your space. Keep in mind that most remodeling projects will end up costing 30% more and take 25% longer than you expected, according to marthstewart.com. 

5. Be Patient

Yes, your house will get dusty. Yes, things will be out of order.  Yes, it might be inconvenient for a little while. You may have to vacuum multiple times a day, or wipe down surfaces time and time again. Remodeling takes time, and creates quite the mess, so be prepared for that beforehand.  You just have to be patient through the process, and trust that your remodeling crew will get the job done as quickly as possible, and leave your space looking better than it ever has. Yes, in the end it will be worth it. 

The professionals at Century Construction Services are highly experienced in remodeling services, and are ready to meet all your remodeling needs in Houston and surrounding areas. We work with every one of our clients to provide the exact design and construction that you have envisioned for your home. We guarantee custom remodeling within your budget, project managers who will communicate with you daily, high-quality craftsmanship, and guaranteed on-time completion. Let Century Construction Services give the inside of your home a facelift that you will love. 

Why Hire a Restoration Team Before You Sell Your Home

Your house is probably your most valuable asset. That is why it can be difficult to judge how to allocate and spend your repair and renovate dollars. What is a good update and what is a waste of money as you put your Houston home on the market? We at Century Construction would like to give you some suggestions when you’re deciding whether or not to remodel your home.

Should You Make Repairs Before Selling?  

Some very specific issues can kill home sales. Address them before putting your home on the market. Not all resale repairs will pay off, so calculate the potential return on your investment if you’re tempted to spend money on the latest gadgets and trends.

You could invest a few hundred dollars in a home inspection before you list your home so you’ll know upfront if your property has any structural, must-repair problems. Or you can contact Century Construction for advice from an experienced and capable team. Use their observations, and the research from your real estate professionals, to decide which improvements to spend money on.

In general, there is no improvement you can make that returns 100% of your investment. But you can improve the value of your home by correcting issues of delayed maintenance.

Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Without a doubt, hardwood floors are one of the most popular flooring selections in a home. So when you list, have your hardwood floors looking their best. Refinishing your hardwoods when they need it can totally change how a buyer views your property.

If you have carpet now, you could install hardwood for a higher sales price. However, have your listing agent compare the relevant ‘comps’ to determine if it is worth the expense in your situation.

Roofs and Exterior

Moss growth on the roof, missing shingles, and problems with the siding are all things that buyers will notice. Try to get all these things patched up now so you don’t have to answer questions about it later. If your home needs a new roof, replace it now. Even though most roofing tear-off jobs take one to two days, buyers shy away from buying a home if the roof needs to be replaced. A new roof probably won’t increase your sales price. However, most future buyers will expect an allowance to replace it. So repair it before you list it.

Wallpaper

Do not argue, justify or ignore your realtor; wallpaper must go. Buyers have a hard time seeing past wallpaper. Don’t give the buyer an allowance to remove the wallpaper– remove before you put it on the market. Getting rid of wallpaper is all about first impressions and making a home more appealing to a buyer.  

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Kitchen

Kitchen remodels return nearly 100%. However, keep your renovations in line with your neighborhood. According to Remodeling Magazine, the high-end kitchens don’t return as much as the mid-range or minor kitchen remodels. Most buyers won’t pay extra for a built-in Sub Zero refrigerator, professional 8-burner stove, under-mount sink or Travertine floors.  

  • Buyers don’t want to spot leaky faucets or stained sinks. Repair 100% of any mold problems. Make all minor repairs that will make your kitchen appear more inviting, even if it isn’t a “dream kitchen”. You can paint as necessary, install new fixtures and replace the countertops to something more modern.

Bathrooms

Functional, clean bathrooms are a necessity. If you have a problem with a running toilet or a leaky faucet, make repairs as necessary. Correct any airflow problems that have led to mold. New floors, fixtures and lights payoff.

If you cannot get the shower doors or glass fixtures clean, consider replacing the door. Lime deposits can etch glass and cannot always be easily removed. If the tub is stained, consider refinishing the tub.  

New lighting, paint, and hardware are all money well spent.

Your Choice in Houston

Overall, buyers want to buy a home that has no visible deferred maintenance, newer appliances, updated plumbing, current HVAC, modern conveniences and is ready to occupy.

Taking care of the most important things to repair before selling a house will put more money in your pocket.

Instead of hiring separate contractors to prepare your home, use the same company Houston trusts for disaster recovery. Century Construction Services can provide a full range of restoration services that will bring your home top sales price. Contact us for more information on how we can help you sell your house at the best price!