House Flipper #4

From DIY home improvement projects to kitchen remodeling, discover helpful tips, ideas and how-tos for your next remodeling project. Bio: Jody Costello is a Pre-Renovation Coach who educates homeowners to help them prevent remodeling disasters. In two-storey homes, level access from garage to kitchen and living area is generally a high priority. Locate at least one bedroom on the ground floor so occupants can stay there as they age. It can double as a home office, study or bedroom for an elderly relative, carer or boarder. Locate a ‘house’ bathroom and toilet at living area level.

If you’ve ever watched a home renovation reality show and thought a three-day turnaround on a master bathroom remodel sounded too good to be true, it is, says Patrick Hurst, owner of Hurst Design-Building-Remodeling, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. In 2011, his company appeared on the DIY Network’s House Crashers ” series, which finds homeowners at home-improvement stores and follows them home to tackle a renovation project on the spot.

Leaky duct systems can cause a major loss in energy efficiency as they dump conditioned air in undesirable places; like your attic or underneath your house. That means that you are paying to heat or cool the outdoors. In addition, when your cool air goes out, hot humid air comes in through air gaps to take its place. This puts additional strain on your HVAC and makes your duct system a prime target for an energy efficiency upgrade.

BEFORE: With wood paneling and carpeting throughout, this home needed to be brought into the 21st century. The homeowners also didn’t like that the kitchen was small and cut off from the rest of the house. The bathroom is another area where buyers may want their own style, but a clean, smart and well maintained room may be money well spent. News about Home Repairs and Improvements, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

Your changes should conform to the neighborhood. If you live in a neighborhood of two-bedroom bungalows and you add a second story to put in a couple extra bedrooms, you aren’t likely to see a high return. Buyers looking for homes that large won’t be looking in your neighborhood. On the other hand, if many of your neighbors are making similar improvements (perhaps because these affordable homes are on large lots and in a great school district), you might fare well doing the same.