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Home Improvements in Seattle – Keeping Costs down

Home improvements in Seattle need not cost a fortune.

For homeowners looking to make home improvements here in Seattle and well, just about anywhere, the biggest barrier to getting things done is cost. Simply put, if you don’t feel like you can afford it, you won’t do it. There are no half measures here, you can’t – you shouldn’t look to cut corners just to get a project off the ground.

There are things to look for, however, that will help to reduce upfront cost, or to provide other savings when conducting our home improvement projects. The first step in this is choosing the right general contracting company for the job. By choosing a competent design-build construction company, you save immediately by not paying both a designer and a contractor separately. This will significantly reduce costs.

Why choose a design-build contractor?

Design-build is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity.

The design-build process aids to minimize risks for the homeowner. It also speeds up project completion as the processes of design and construction are often overlapped. For home improvements here in Seattle, this means less time in construction, more time enjoying the often all-too-short sunny season.

Choosing the materials that work for you

Another great way to save on a home improvement is through tax credits and benefits. By deciding to take an energy-conscientious approach, you can qualify for many local state and federal tax credits.

Even if your project doesn’t yet include an energy efficient upgrade, by adding one you might qualify for substantial benefits. Add a new skylight to your kitchen, or simply a new window to your bedroom makeover and you could qualify for these tax credits.

Also by including new insulation or other energy saving products you can save money on things like heating and cooling costs. These things should be taken into account when planning your costs. After the construction is complete, you will enjoy savings for years to come. The effect isn’t immediate, however you will still recoup a large portion of its cost.

For example, by implementing energy and water efficient technologies into your entire home can lower your utility costs up to 65% and an extra investment of $4 per SF upfront can net you up to a $62 per SF benefit over 20 years.  Not to mention, you can even earn up to a 4% increase on your home valuation for every dollar you invest and some individuals have actually increased the total value of their home by over 30% after implementing green building technologies into their home.  If that’s not an effective use of the budget for your upcoming project, I don’t know what is.

Cost and its impact on value

Home improvements in Seattle have an effect on finances that cannot be measured simply in cost. Many projects around your home will actually add value to your home. At the very least they will help speed the sale of your home. If you are looking to sell, this will mean quicker turnarounds and less time spent negotiating.

In our focus on cost, we often forget that a bit of strategic planning and out-of-the-box thinking will save money too. Keeping your costs low and planning for other financial benefits will make affording your next home improvement project a snap.

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