The ability to convert dreams into reality is the number one reason why homeowners undertake a renovation project, found a recent survey of more than 142,000 homeowners conducted by houzz.com. Of those, nearly half undertook a renovation project in 2018.

The reasons for all types of renovation projects parallel the reasons our clients at Country Cabinets, etc. decide to renovate their homes.

The other major reasons for renovating in 2018 (and likely in 2019) include a recently purchased home; correcting damage due to home age, pests and lack of functionality; adapting to recent lifestyle changes; preparing home for sale to increase value; and addressing damage from a natural disaster.

The goals of renovation are not surprising. Almost all of our clients renovate to improve the look, feel and functionality of their homes. Another major reason to renovate is to increase the value of the home, and the best return on investment in home renovations is a new kitchen.

Kitchen renovations provide a 92.9 percent return on investment, according to Remodeler magazine. A bathroom remodel that includes replacing the toilet, tub and light fixtures, plus adding a double-sink, and tiling the floor, can result in a $1.71 increase in home value for every dollar spent, according to Zillow.

The top challenges renovating homeowners face are finding the right service providers, staying on budget and finding the right products. The reason why homeowners have a difficult time finding the right service providers and products is that the Internet is both our friend and foe.

While the internet provides access to every product and service that you could ever need for a renovation project, the amount of information available online can be overwhelming, is often incorrect, is likely to cause analysis paralysis, contributes to unrealistic expectations and elevates stress levels. That’s why a professional kitchen and bath showroom is your greatest asset. Showroom professionals specialize in making order out of chaos.

The reasons why staying on budget is so difficult is due to not having a well-crafted and complete plan. Another reason why estimating and sticking to a budget is difficult for most homeowners is that home improvement television is not a documentary but entertainment. Both budgets and timetables do not reflect reality and costs almost never include labor expenses.

If your kitchen, bath, laundry room, closets or other areas of your home no longer meet your desires, needs or preferences, give Country Cabinets, etc. a call at (603) 356-5766 or go to their showroom at 95 East Conway Road in Center Conway. You can also email ccetc@countrycabinetsetc.com or go to countrycabinetsetc.com.

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