10 Reasons To Remodel Instead Of Move

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  In 2012 AK first tackled the growing trend of remodeling versus moving. During the downturn many families that had planned to move, decided it was worth investing in their current home and creating the spaces of their dreams. This movement is still on the upswing today as families prioritize building roots in the community and neighborhood.


   Find out why remodeling might be the right choice for you:


1Sales potential

The external appearance of your home is important for raising the value and sales potential. Fresh paint, clean shutters, a new roof and neat landscaping are simple ways you can enhance curb appeal if you're looking to sell.

2Preparing for retirement
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If you're planning on staying in your home thorough your senior years, it's important to upgrade your home with age-in-place features, including replacing your bathtubs with easy step-in showers with bars and installing toilets for people with limited mobility or in wheelchairs. Find out more about how AK can help with accessible and universal design: http://www.akatlanta.com/Universal-Design-Tips



3Go green

Paying too much for your utilities? Replace your single-panel windows with energy-efficient windows and you can save hundreds in monthly bills. Find out how to Go Green in your kitchen: http://www.akatlanta.com/upload//GreenKitchenArticle.jpg

4Home is where the heart is

And the kitchen is the heart of the home. Family and friends gather and spend most of their time here. Women think men fall in love with them because of the bedroom, but the reality is it's the kitchen. So consider installing a new stove, replacing your refrigerator or putting in new cabinets to make it more functional and aesthetically pleasing.

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5Make it right

Your bathroom might function just fine, but it's always a good time to put in new plumbing, and get rid of that boring plain mirror and replace it with a beautiful framed one. Don't forget the lighting -- lighting is everything, especially for us ladies who spend so much time checking our make-up and changing our outfits.

6Your kids aren't going anywhere

Don't want to leave your neighborhood because your children have friends on the block? Do you dread the idea of having your children change schools? This is a common sentiment and probably means that you and your family won't be going anywhere until your kids are grown. So why wait 10 or 15 years to remodel? Make your home suitable for the future now.

7Embarrassment no more
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aste another day looking at those avocado countertops! Are you embarrassed to invite your friends over because they might laugh at the hideous, outdated colors in your kitchen and bathroom behind your back? Putting in new countertops is easy and not very costly, so go ahead and change them! Of course your friends don't really care, but you will feel better the next time they come over for dinner.

8Your home feels stale

Your home is almost perfect but it needs a minor facelift. Paint your walls and baseboards and it will instantly feel fresh and clean. This is a great alternative for anyone on a budget.

9Make your basement usable

Are you tired of using your basement as one big storage unit? Convert it into a living space, such as a media room, or even add a closet and a window for an extra bedroom, which will add square footage and increase the overall value of your home.

10Avoid the stress of buying a new home

Searching for a new home can be stressful and time-consuming. Instead of spending months looking for that perfect home, upgrading your bathrooms and kitchen or removing that wall that's been bugging you just might be the solution.


Veronica Montelongo, A&E's hit television series “Flip This House” For SheKnows.com

 


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