Renovating Your Boulder Area Home

Thinking about renovating your Boulder Area home? According to local contractors, renovations of home offices and outdoor living spaces have been in high demand since Covid-19 hit. Bathrooms and kitchens remodel are always popular. One of the biggest pieces of advice contractors, designers, and architects have given me is that they need and appreciate clear communication. I suggest using Houzz or Pinterest to clearly define your vision for your project and to share your ideas with them through pictures. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Furthermore, during the project, if something isn’t being done the way you want, tell them right away! Contractors prefer this as it is easier to fix things during the process than afterward.

How Long Does It Take To Renovate Your Boulder Area Home?

To get started with your renovation, you will want to find a good contractor. For certain projects, a designer, or even an architect is advised. A good Realtor can help you get connected to these professionals! Although you will get a general estimate for how long your project will take. There are a lot of independent variables that might affect the timeline for your project. First off, your contractor might not be able to start right away. Plans, approvals, permits, and shipping of materials can take time and any of these could cause a delay in your project. Patience is key!

During the Renovation

Renovating Your Boulder Area Home

There is also the possibility that during the renovation. An underlying issue will be uncovered and need to be resolved before continuing with the project. For example, older homes may have asbestos that needs to be professionally mitigated. Another issue that can pop up is the need to bring something up to code, like the electrical requirements. You don’t want anything to adversely affect selling your home down the road. So be sure your contractor pulls permits for your renovation.

Where Will You Be Living During Renovating Your Boulder Area Home?

Will you be staying in your home while it’s being renovated? It’s probably best to live at a different location if you are doing an extensive renovation. This way the contractors will have full access to your home and can complete the job without working around you! Furthermore, you will have the added bonus of not living in a construction zone! If you do end up having to live in your home during the renovation. Just know that this phase will soon be over and your dream home will be worth it!

Extra Costs

When there are hidden delays, there are usually hidden costs. I recommend you keep a close eye on your budget and plan for hidden costs and “surprises” in your budget. Knowing where you have wiggle room and when you are getting close to getting to the top of your budget is very important.

Renovating to Sell

Renovating Your Boulder Area Home

If you are planning to renovate your home in preparation to sell your home, I advise you to keep the finishes neutral. They should appeal to the largest possible audience. Coldwell Banker has a fantastic program called RealVitalize which offers clients the ability to prepare your home for selling. They cover upfront costs of home improvements and get reimbursed from the proceeds when your home is sold. There are no markups, hidden fees, or interest charges. You can take advantage of this amazing program for anything from kitchen and bath remodels to painting, recarpeting, and even staging your home! Contact me or click here for more information about this program and to get your renovation underway!

How Can I Help?

If you have any further questions when it comes to renovating your Boulder Area Home please reach out to me! While we are all wanting things to go back to “normal” I want my clients to know I am here for them. I am still keeping social distancing guidelines in check when it comes to showings for my listed properties as well as taking the utmost care when showing my buyer’s homes. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out and contact me! I will continue to provide my clients with interesting and up-to-date information so they can make informed decisions. If you are planning on buying or selling a home in the near future and you think that my expertise and positive attitude might be of service to you don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me!

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Elisabeth Nelson
Luxury Home Specialist & New Home Specialist
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
(303) 916 5859