From Dean Dowd on May 15, 2008 in Green Remodeling
Even with low incomes, most Americans are accustomed to a higher standard of living than what is endured in many countries throughout the world. So despite an economic downturn, there are still many luxuries homeowners arent willing to give up.
Data show that new home buyers, as well as those remodeling, are looking for homes that feature the latest trends. Todays homeowner wants features such as surround sound and plaza television. It pays to focus your investment on key areas in your home. Try to include up-and-coming features while cutting corners where it isnt noticed as much.
Although the full effect of higher gas prices and a possible recession havent fully impacted consumers yet, homeowners are still cognizant of the changing economy. There are many ways you can save throughout your home remodel without sacrificing the important elements. Contractor’s estimates are going to be more competitive with the slower construction market. Another way to save is to look for ways to conserve and recycle. Salvage any usable materials when doing demolition and look for ways to reuse them throughout the project.
Even though it is not considered a luxury, going green within your home is another way to save money. Sometimes initially more expensive, you can save money in the long run. A green home will help in resale and with energy efficiency.
It may be difficult to sell a home right now, but that doesnt mean you shouldnt continue to remodel. Take advantage of this time when contractors are more available, and make some choice upgrades that will improve your life and your homes marketability. Request free estimates today from certified contractors to bring a little luxury to your home.