Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful
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Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!

Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

Three Small Shortcomings That Should Not Stop You From Buying A Home

Lee Hunt

Many house hunters make the mistake of thinking they're eventually going to find a home that they love everything about. Though there are many different types of homes for sale, this may happen for just a few people. It is more likely that you'll have to compromise on something small in order to get moved into your new home in a timely manner. There are several small shortcomings, listed below, that should never stop you from buying a home that you otherwise love. Why? Because they're easy to fix or make up for with a few calls to a contractor or a little DIY know-how.

Less Closet Space

While a complete lack of closets may be a reason to say "no" to a home, a little less closet space than you think you'll need is not. You can easily make up for a small to moderate lack of closet space with some built-in wall shelving, or even by adding more shelves to the existing closet (if there is room). You may also find that you need less closet space than you imagined, particularly if you got rid of a lot of things in the move.

Worn Hardwood Floors

Most people see a worn out hardwood floor and think "that's going to cost thousands to replace." In most cases, however, a worn hardwood floor does not have to be replaced -- just spiffed up. If you're handy, you can rent a sander unit and refinish the floor yourself in the span of a weekend. Otherwise, you can arrange for a contractor to do this. In the meantime, you can easily cover the worn spots with an area rug or some accent rugs.

Dingy Kitchen Cabinets

It's true that new kitchen cabinets can be costly, and certainly you can save up and replace them if you prefer. If the rest of the kitchen is in good shape, however, some dingy cabinets should not stop you from buying the home, because there are plenty of easy solutions to make them look better:

  • Remove the doors, and give them a fresh coat of paint. Make sure you apply a layer of polyurethane to keep the paint from chipping away.
  • Buy new hinges and pulls for the cabinets. A shiny new set can make the whole kitchen look newer.
  • Have new cabinet doors made, but keep the frames. This is cheaper than replacing the whole set of cabinets.

If a bedroom has the right number of bedrooms, is in the right neighborhood, and has an overall style and layout that fit your needs, don't let little things like a lack of closet space keep you from buying. With a few tweaks here and there, that almost-perfect home can become your dream home.