Welcome back Cincinnati! So which type of renovation is best for you? There are exceptions to every rule but you probably guessed, direct replacement is where you are going to get the most bang for your buck. A kitchen renovation is one of the best examples of this. If your kitchen has a great layout, but just looks dated, you would simply remove all of the old cabinetry and fixtures and install new in the exact same place with little or no modifications to the mechanical systems of the home. This makes for a stunning new look and minimizes both the labor cost on the project, and the time to complete. There are exceptions to every rule, but this type of renovation typically makes the most sense to those of you reading this that may be in your home a limited number of years.
Let’s talk about the exception for a moment. Every now and then, when a house has a poor layout, feels dark, or closed in; going beyond direct replacement may benefit you upon the sale of your home. Chances are that if you feel that way, so will prospective buyers. Sometimes, by adding more space, opening up the floor plan, or getting in more natural light may very well add value to your home above what your home is currently worth, making it a great opportunity. We’d always suggest talking this over with your Realtor first. Stay tuned for part III!