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Many homeowners pursue home improvement projects, for different reasons. Replacing fixtures or appliances, updating the home with new decor, or investing money, upgrade or refurbish a home to sell. Certain upgrades or improvements will yield a higher return, while other improvements, may not be desirable, for a buyer. Average return of ninety percent or greater, when investing money, remodeling a kitchen, and adding a bathroom. Less then ninety percent return, when adding a room, remodeling a bathroom, and replacing windows. Adding a swimming pool may not be desirable to perspective buyers, considering, additional maintenance cost. Building a deck or enclosed garage, can add to the value of the home.
A budget should be considered, for home improvement projects. The budget should include some money, set aside, for unexpected, and over budget expenses. If the homeowner, is unable to pay for home improvements, than financial arrangements, maybe considered. Option Number one: Refinancing current mortgage, borrowing money for home improvement or secure a lower interest rate. Assuming, current mortgage has few years to pay off, and the interest rate is at least, two percent below, current mortgage. Option Number two: Take a second mortgage. However, interest rate will be slightly more, than the first mortgage, amount borrowed is a small amount, and will be paid back in less time, than first mortgage. Home equity loan maybe suitable, if the home is debt free of any mortgage. The homeowner can borrow, usually up to 80 percent of the value of the home. Must have a good credit rating, for home equity loan. Option Number three: Using credit card, which provides maximum amount, for unsecured line of credit. However, unsecured credit yields, highest interest rate, and should be paid off sooner than later. The interest rate payment is not deductible. Option Number four: Homeowner has a brokerage account is eligible, for a margin account. The margin account, allows the account holder to borrow money, usually up to fifty percent, value of the brokerage account of securities. However, if brokerage account falls below a certain amount, then client can get a margin call. The client would either pay back loan immediately or sell all securities, in account. Other financial resources include, Government Grants, and securing a loan, from a union bank, only for union members.
Home improvement projects, can sometimes include hiring an architect, Interior designer or contractor for a specific project. Always confirm, choose to hire, has a license from the state or county, and insured for liabilities. Confirm all references, and check with department of building codes for any violations. Always, obtain a written estimate of the costs. Remember, work has to be done, within a reasonable amount of time. Recommend getting referrals, for a contractor, architect or designer.
Home Owners may need landscaping, for a home improvement project. Possibly, adding flowers, shrubs, mowing the lawn, or cutting the edge. A landscaper maybe hired, for more extensive work, including cutting down trees, replacing or moving trees, adding a stone garden or any additions.
Home improvements, can be utilize by saving energy. Installing insulated windows, prevent heat from escaping, and cold from entering the home. Also, insulation in the attic, walls, and floors. Purchasing energy saving hot water heaters, appliances, toilets, that use less water, and installing solar panels, produce electricity, can save money throughout the year. The Federal Government has grants, offering energy efficient homes.
Upgrading the home for safety, for home improvements, very important for health of those living in the residence. Fire Detectors should be installed, outside of each bedroom, and in areas of the home. Checking them twice a year, make sure the batteries are working. Some fire detectors are hooked into the security home system. Also, installing carbon monoxide detectors is an odorless, and tasteless gas. Especially in homes, using gas ranges, and detecting any gas from automobiles parked, from an attached garage.
Other, types of home improvements Including: Purchasing decorative pictures, adding area rugs, posters, new shelves, pillows, and new furniture. Sometimes, simple home improvements have the most dramatic eye catching achievement.
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