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How To Remodel a Children’s Bedroom

From time to time, every room in the home is going to need to be updated. There are going to be times when all that is really needed is a fresh coat of paint or perhaps moving the furniture in some fashion. In other cases, however, you may need to do a more thorough renovation which could include some construction projects that may take a weekend or more to complete. In this article, we are going to consider redoing a child’s room which can also incorporate much of what needs to be done in a nursery.

One of the most important things for you to consider when redoing a child’s room is safety. For a very young child, you are going to want to ensure that they are unable to access any receptacles because of the possibility of being shocked. You would also want to ensure that they did not have access to any blind cords, as they pose a choking hazard. There are many different things that you need to do in order to have a safe room for the child and you can download a checklist from the Internet to ensure that they are all care for properly.

Something that is often overlooked when redoing a child’s room is the safety of the paint. Although we don’t have lead paint any longer in modern homes, there still is some danger in the fumes from latex paints and oil-based paints. When you are going to be painting a child’s room, make sure that you give adequate ventilation and don’t put the child immediately into the room after the painting is done. Give it some time for the fumes to settle and for the room to clear of any of the smell of fresh paint. It is going to be healthy for the child if you do so.

Have you thought about the kids room ceiling fans that are available? These are not only going to be able to provide comfort for your child, they also can help to add to the theme of the room. For example, there are cars ceiling fan options that are available which are perfect for a young child that loves Disney movies. If you have an existing ceiling fan in place, you can install a new fan in a relatively short amount of time. If you are installing the fan where there was only a light in place, you need to make sure that it is reinforced so that it can handle the additional weight.

Finally, consider the overall theme of the room and try to add to it when possible. In some cases, you will be able to do this with store-bought items that can be easily incorporated into the decor. In other cases, however, you can be a bit more creative and design the room from scratch. As long as you have a creative mind and have the ability to put things together as you would like, you might be surprised with what you are able to do for your child’s room.

Buy New or Remodel the Old?

Many of you are faced with these difficult questions about your own house right now. As time goes by the needs of your family change and suddenly your home isn’t as perfect as it once was. Maybe you are on the other side of the fence and you still love your home, but you really want an extra bedroom or an upgraded kitchen. Is it time to start looking for a new house that better fits your needs, or should you remodel?

This will be a choice that will require a significant amount of time and money, so it’s important that to take your time and weigh the options. You’ll want to consider the financial impact, but also the emotional impact on your family. Start by asking some of these financial questions.

Buying New:

    o How much will it cost to purchase a new home that meets your families’ needs? o If you are moving to a new city what will be the added costs of living in a more expensive area? o How much will you be able to sell your existing home for? o How much will it cost you to move all of your belongings from one house to the other, plus added furnishings for the new house? o If you move to a larger home how much will your everyday utilities like electricity, gas, and water increase? o How much more will your property taxes go up?

To get accurate estimates on these numbers be sure to work with a local Real Estate Agent.

Remodeling:

    o What would you like to do and how much will it likely cost? A licensed contractor should be able to assist you with estimating these costs. o How much value will these improvements add to your home? A licensed real estate appraiser can assist you in estimating which improvements will have the biggest bang for your buck. o Will remodeling project displace you temporarily out of your house? Will you have to rent? o If you are remodeling your kitchen how long will you be dining out with the family each night?

It’s also important to consider the emotional impact of these decisions. Start by thinking of these emotional questions.

Move:

If you answer “Yes” or positively to these questions then a move is likely your plan.

    o If you move to a new neighborhood, would your children be able to attend better schools? o Would a move help you reduce your work commute? o If you move would your new neighborhood be an improvement from your current neighborhood? o Would you be able to find a house in your price range that has everything you are looking for?

Remodel:

If you answer “Yes” or positively to these questions then a remodel will likely keep you happy.

    o Do you love your neighborhood, the schools, and your neighbors? o Would your home be perfect if you could just change a couple things? o Would it be difficult to remove your kids from one school and place them in another school where they don’t have friends yet?

Use these questions as a way to get started, but there can be countless more you can come up with. The more you ask, the more likely you are to feel fully informed once you make your decision. Sit down with your family (kids included) and discuss what you’re thinking. Including the kids will help you to understand how important this decision is to them. Create a list of Pros and Cons to see what holds the most importance.

Consider taking the family on a field trip to visit open houses. This will give everyone a realistic picture of what kind of homes are available to replace your existing home.

Now it’s time to make some conclusions. What are your answers and your gut telling you? If you still are unsure, then maybe you need to dig a little deeper? Pull the family together again and discuss your options. Expand on your Pros and Cons list.

If your choice is to move, consult a local Real Estate Agent to give you tips on easy low-cost improvements that you can make to your existing home to make it more appealing. Experts agree that the kitchen and bathrooms add the most value to your home, so pay particular attention to these areas so you can sell your home faster.

If your choice is to remodel, consult a licensed contractor. It’s always a good idea to check with your city to make sure your contractor is properly licensed and carries the appropriate insurance. Your contractor should be able to help you craft a clear idea of what you want to accomplish before starting any work. Changing directions during a project can be very expensive.

Regardless of your decision it’s important that you have the proper financing in place. If you decide to purchase a new home, a professional mortgage consultant will help you to determine how much new home you can afford. Your mortgage consultant can also play a critical role in assisting you with getting your current home sold by properly financing the buyer of your home. This is a critical step that many homeowners forget. If a potential buyer cannot get qualified to buy your home, you may lose your new dream home.

If you decide to remodel it would still be a good idea to consult with a mortgage consultant. Together you should be able to evaluate whether you have enough cash on hand to complete the job, or whether you need to pull cash-out of your equity to complete the job.

Sell Your Home Faster Using Proper Staging

Staging Your Home to Sell

When selling your home, there are many things to consider, but one of the most important things you can do is stage it properly. You need to keep in mind that prospective buyers are looking at your home and trying to envision themselves living in it. By following a few simple but powerful guidelines, you will help them visualize their new home and help you get your home sold quicker.

One of the main things you need to do is de-clutter. You might think this means cleaning up the house, but it also means downsizing your furnishings. Having too many furnishings in a room, from tables and chairs, to extra bookshelves, can make rooms seem smaller and distract from the buyer’s visual picture of their desired home. You should take a minimalist approach and really figure out what you can temporarily live without in your home, then put the extra items into storage.

The next thing you should look at is the grouping of furniture. Furniture should be grouped so that the flow of traffic in each room is obvious. Float furniture away from walls and reposition sofas and chairs into cozy groups that inspire conversation. This will make the room look larger and more user friendly. Also, don’t be afraid to move furniture around. You may have bought that chair to watch TV in, but would it look just as good in another place?

Great lighting is very important to staging. A good rule of thumb is using higher wattage bulbs to get about 100 watts per 50 square feet. Make sure you also have more than one type of lighting as well. For example, if you have an overhead light, also have table lamps.

Kitchens and bathrooms are a main area of focus for buyers. Remodeling can be expensive, but you can repaint and deep clean to ensure that they look their best. Keep countertops free of clutter, leaving just a few items out such as a bowl of fruit and a small appliance in the kitchen. Don’t leave personal hygiene items out in the bathroom.

Neutral colors are best for walls. If you have rich colors in any room, consider repainting to a neutral color scheme. Buyers can visualize their own color scheme easier if they are not distracted by bright colors.

Staging your home properly does not need to be an extensive effort, but it can pay off by making your home more attractive to a wider pool of buyers.

-Rick