An unfinished basement or attic, disused bedroom, or decades-outdated living room might seem like wasted space to some but to others, these rooms represent a world of possibility. A home remodeling project, from a subtle re-envisioning to a structural overhaul, can breathe life and energy into even the most tired, lackluster spaces, making your home feel as new as the day you moved in. In this guide we'll show you how to use the breadth of the Web to get ideas, plan your rooms, develop a budget, hire the right professionals, and more.
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Planning your remodel is fun—creating a budget and paying for it is not. Material costs, labor, financing, and budgeting all need to be taken into consideration. Use these sites to get on top of your finances, and ensure that the scale of your home improvement project matches your wallet.
- There are many things you can do to get financing. Crunch your numbers to see if refinancing your mortgage can free up some additional cash to pay for your remodeling. Home equity loans may be another option for you. Our findingDulcinea Credit Web Guide discusses home equity lines of credit.
- Be wary of financing that comes with high interest rates or points. Even if the payments are small, in the long run you don't want to be overpaying for the job.
- Many of the Web sites listed previously, such as BHG and Danny Lipford, also have information on your financing options.
Because your budget affects your options ...
has an interesting "Remodel FAQs" section with questions like "How do I balance my dreams with my means?" and some great before-and-after photos. Remodelinc is based in New Mexico.
For financing information ...
has posted Remodeling
magazine's "Cost vs. Value Report." It explains how much value your remodeling adds to the resale value of your home. It also lists average job costs—of course, this will differ depending on where you live.
offers a calculator based on Remodeling
magazine's "Cost vs. Value Report." They also offer articles on revving up your resale value and how to save during a remodel.
is a terrific resource for financing information. You'll find information about interest rates for home equity loans, refinancing information, and several calculators to determine mortgage payments, FICO scores, and more.
For a different point of view ...
asks whether you'd be better off spending your money on a remodeling project or purchasing a new home instead. Depending on your personal circumstances, the "right answer" for you might be different than for someone else. This article can help you decide.
favors the approach that remodeling a room or two in your home will actually make you a little money if you decide to sell your home later.
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