Pros and Cons of Renovation in Fairfield

Make your existing home truly your own with customisation and upgrades available with robust renovation.  For most of us, home is a refuge that we turn to for relaxation and enjoyment. But it can hard to revel in a space that doesn’t suit your needs and has you grumbling about everything from lack of storage to design flaws that make you cringe.  That doesn’t mean you need to scrap your current home and look for another. There are a number of ways that renovation can upgrade your house and turn it into a dream home. You just have to know which builders to work with and have an idea of what perks, additions, or changes would help make your home a place you truly love to be in. While home renovation can yield amazing results, it can also have its drawbacks. If you’re trying to decide on moving forward with remodeling, read on to learn some of the pros and cons of renovation in Fairfield and what you can expect from the process.

Renovation 101: What to expect

To make sure that we’re all talking about the same thing, we’re going to start with defining exactly what a renovation is, and what it isn’t.  Technically speaking, a renovation is a project that takes an existing home and helps restore or revitalize it by changing details that update the look and feel of the space. This can include minor changes to layout, such as moving a closet or relocating a refrigerator, but it doesn’t necessarily include major construction changes.  If you’re looking for more robust alterations to your space, you’re talking about a remodel. Remodels are often more involved and can encompass anything from knocking down walls to adding a floor to a structure.  Of course, here at Hardy Construction, we can provide services for all of this, from additions to extensions to minor renovations. It’s all about being clear to start with what you’re looking for and how much work will be involved to achieve your goals.

The benefits of renovation here in Fairfield

Renovating an existing home is a great way add equity to a property, as we’ll explore a bit more below. But it also can make a home more habitable for existing owners and add new life to a structure that was less than loved before.  

#1. Location

In real estate, it’s all about location. And if you love where you live, but not what you live in, then renovation can be a great way to fix that. Renovation allows you keep the property that you’re already invested in, or allows you to purchase a home on the market that might have a lot going for it except for being outdated on the inside. Renovation projects can upgrade the fixtures and finishes to bring them up to today’s standard and to match your style without you sacrificing on location. 

#2. Value

We already hinted at this, but taking an existing property and upgrading it to have modern touches through renovation can add a lot of equity to a home. You’ll want to be careful that the upgrades you do choose don’t outprice your neighborhood and make it so you can’t recoup your costs later. But working with a well-trained home renovations company can help you make changes that will matter without breaking the bank while you’re at it. 

#3. Comfort

Then there’s straight up comfort. You can renovate a home to any extent, making it a place that you can truly call your own. This includes adding finishes and fixtures that can make life easier for you. Kitchen renovations, for example, can focus not just on upgrading appliances but also laying out the fixtures and benchtops in a way that is convenient and practical. Bathroom renovations can add luxuries that focus on comfort while also keeping things timeless and adding equity to your home. 

#4. Cost

While renovating certainly has its costs, which can rise depending on the quality of the finishes you choose, it tends to be much more cost effective than buying a new home or building one from scratch. You can also plan to renovate your home as a whole at once or take it step by step, renovating one or two rooms at a time. This can help you control costs while also allowing you, for the most part, to remain in your home and avoid costly rental or hotel fees while you wait for your home to be finished.

What to watch for when it comes to home renovations

Home renovations are a great way to upgrade an existing structure to meet your current needs. But there are a few pitfalls you’ll want to be aware of before getting started with your own renovation project.  Like we mentioned above, there are ways to make sure that you can stay in your home for the bulk of the time that your renovation is underway. That said, you could be subjected to a bit of a mess and inconvenience as you live in the same space where contractors are hard at work. You may also end up without access to certain spaces, like your kitchen or bathroom, for extended periods of time as the upgrades are underway. While this makes practical sense, it can be an inconvenience especially for families. You may need to factor into your budget a place to stay in temporarily that will give you the amenities you need while your space is being worked on.  Remember that with the addition of equity in your home may also come the addition of higher taxes. Be prepared for assessments that may prove your home is worth more than it previously was and understand that you may need to pay more in taxes in the long term as a result of your upgrades.

Renovate your home the right way with Hardy Construction

All great home renovation projects start with a clear plan and a budget to work from. This can help keep things on track throughout the renovation and establish expectations for everyone involved. From there, you can expect to have a more comfortable space that adds value to what you already own in less time than you might think possible.  Hardy Construction specializes in home renovations that upgrade particular spaces to match design aesthetics and floor plan changes on an as-needed basis. We stand behind the work that we do with a 20-year workmanship warranty that covers you against repairs in the unlikely event that they’re needed. What’s more, we’re known throughout Fairfield for our detail-oriented work that reflects high-quality materials and craftsmanship.  If you’re contemplating a renovation for your home, give us a call on 0405 270 225 and chat with our team. We offer free consultations so that you can brainstorm the ultimate renovation and receive a clear idea of budget requirements as a result.