Upcoming Home Improvement? How to Navigate Big Purchases and Make Wise Decisions
- Homebuying & Homeownership
- Kim Whiting
Are you planning an upcoming home improvement? If so, you are not alone. According to a leading consumer magazine, higher-than-average renovation spending is expected this year, with more than half of homeowners planning to spend money on home improvements throughout the year.
From upgrading appliances to gutting entire rooms, big projects can have a big impact on a home and on your wallet, so it's important to approach any renovation with thoughtful intention.
To ensure you make the right decisions when it comes to large purchases and major home improvements, ask yourself these five questions:
How long do you plan to live in the home?
Knowing how long you expect to live in your home can help you better navigate home improvements. If you only plan to live in your home for five years you'll likely make different decisions than if it is your forever home.
What is your budget?
Home upgrades don't come cheap, so it's helpful to determine a budget before you start. Consider renovations and upgrades as a smart way to maintain your home investment. By putting money into your home, you are helping maintain its integrity, style, usefulness and value.
When setting a budget, you can pay out of pocket or take out a home equity loan or line of credit. If you plan to borrow for your project, make sure you clearly understand and are comfortable with payment terms.
Once you set a budget, stick to it. Problems may arise that require unexpected additional costs, but often budget blowouts are from homeowners who start spending and the excitement of the project causes them to go beyond their means.
What purchases are worth the splurge?
Research and decide which purchases are worth spending more on. For example, appliances used nearly every day are a worthwhile investment - especially if they are more energy efficient and offer features that enhance your day-to-day routine, saving time and energy.
What is the ROI?
The return on investment should be considered in many ways for home improvements. First, check out reputable reports like the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. For example, adding fiberglass attic insulation recoups 107.7% of the cost.
In addition to resale ROI, consider other ways you'll get a return on your investment. Will your upgrade help you save energy and reduce your bills? Will it save you time and stress in daily life? Does it enhance your home's aesthetic and flow? These are other ROIs that are just as valuable to consider as resale ROI.
What does the research say?
It's worth your time to conduct research so you get the best outcome possible. Learn about materials to discover which is best for your lifestyle and research brands. If you're hiring the project out, research contractors to find a reputable professional for the job.
Starting a home improvement project is exciting. Answering these questions will help ensure your time and financial investment are well spent.
Kim Whiting is a Mortgage Loan Originator at C&N covering Cameron, Elk, Potter & McKean Counties. She has 27 years of banking experience with C&N. Kim's main office is located at 135 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA 15834. Her satellite office is located at 10 N. Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Kim graduated from I.U.P. Academy of Culinary Arts and was also a Graduate of Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Banking and Advanced School of Banking. She is currently the Vice President of the Cameron County Industrial Development Authority/Industrial Planning Corporation, sits on the North Central Regional Loan Review Committee and the North Central Audit and Finance Committee, along with being a board member of the Workforce Solutions for North Central PA. Kim is a member of the Emporium Rotary Club and serves as an Auditor for the County of Cameron.