One question that may cross your mind as you’re considering a remodel of your Naples-area home has to do with how remodeling can influence real estate taxes on your home. We’ve talked before about how improvements can increase the value of your property, and that certain projects have a higher return on investment (ROI). But what happens at tax time?
It’s always interesting to keep an eye on emerging trends in the remodeling industry. Some things are just fun to watch. Watching out for the next “Color of the Year” is always entertaining. But at Reed Design, we keep an eye on more long-term trends as well—such as design trends that reflect changes in the ways people live that are reflected in the way their homes function. With that in mind, let’s look at the future of remodeling—trends that could take off in 2019.
Every New Year arrives with a host of questions. To a large degree, those questions tend to focus on whether this will be a better year than the one before. According to NPR, most Americans are feeling pretty good about 2019. They cite a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll that showed 60 percent of Americans are optimistic about the world in 2019, compared with just 37 percent whose outlook is less rosy. (That leaves 3 percent of the country as merely ambivalent if you're counting.) If you’re a homeowner in the Naples area, you may have another question: “Should I remodel my Naples home in 2019?”
There are a lot of good reasons to remodel your Naples-area home. Often, Naples-area homeowners find that remodeling makes a lot more sense than moving when they want their home to better meet their wants and needs. Sometimes those needs have to do with the long-term health of the homeowners. Two of the major concerns are improving air quality and ensuring safety for those who plan to stay in their own homes as they age (aging-in-place). Let’s look at those 2 things to consider when you’re remodeling for your health.
Not every Naples resident lives here all year long. In fact, according to the official Collier Country website, the seasonal population of Collier Country increases by 65,663 persons from October to May. That means a lot of people come to the area during the winter months to enjoy the Collier County weather. Some rent properties while they are here. Others choose to purchase property here where they can feel more at home. If you’re considering buying a second home in Naples, here’s what you need to know.
The Internet is full of great information when you’re considering remodeling your Naples-area home. Site’s like houzz.com can provide you with ample amounts of inspiration and ideas. Blogs like ours can answer many of the questions you may have about the remodeling process. The Internet, however, can be a bit of a two-edged sword when it comes to finding the right remodeler for your project. That’s why you should be cautious when searching for contractors on third party websites. Let’s look at a few of the more popular sites and what they have to offer as reported by ConsumerReports.com.
Is it really possible to get everything you want in a remodel for the best price? Aren’t the two things mutually exclusive? Admittedly, it’s a bit of a balancing act, but with a bit of forethought and planning you can end up being very happy with both the results of your remodel and with the money that you spend. Let’s take a look at how to make that happen.
- Look for Experience
(Not just years in the business, but also experience doing the kind of work you want to be done. There are plenty of reliable remodelers who do nothing more than swap out fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms. That's fine if all you want is a bit of a "facelift". However, if you're looking for more . . . .
What’s the best way to describe the design-build process? Imagine you are planning your own wedding. You do the research—browsing every bride magazine in print—and creating a stack of “must haves” a mile high. Then you compile a list of people to contact and services needed (the florist, the caterer, the location arrangements, and more). Your list begins to resemble a book. You’ll have to educate yourself on provider reputations, quality of work, and reliability (You don’t want to find out a florist can’t deliver 2 hours before the wedding). To pull this off you may have to give up every spare minute of your life for the next 6 months.
When you’re planning to remodel your Naples home you may want to check out the latest design trends for ideas and inspiration. You may want to see examples of what local remodelers have done in order to set expectations (and to choose a contractor whose work you like). But sooner or later you’ll want to deal with the question of cost. The thing is there are a lot of factors to consider when evaluating the cost of your Naples home remodel. We’ve pulled a lot of the important issues and information together in the Essential Guide to Naples Remodeling Costs. We hope you’ll find this helpful!