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HOME MAKEOVER GUIDE
DEB LEVY, VP / SENIOR MORTGAGE BROKER
EagleBank | NMLS ID: 481255
Office: 202-292-1581 | Mobile: 301-332-7758
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Renovating a home is fun but worth the frustration. You’ll want to budget 20 percent
over the time to completion and at least 20-25 percent over the budget. Two factors
come to play when renovating: first, we’re more than likely working with older homes
that need to be modernized for the renovations to work; and, second, there’s the
“while we’re doing this, let’s add that” factor. Always be sure to check in with a lender
regarding finances multiple times throughout the process. There are many ways to
finance home improvements, so please feel free to call and discuss what makes sense
for you. You’ll want to have a financial game plan before you start. Keep in mind that
not all renovations translate to a dollar-for-dollar increase in value. Some improvements
are specific to your taste. Be sure to consult with your local real estate agent to see what
renovations have the most impact for value.
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What is one of the biggest pitfalls people incur when hiring a contractor?
Hiring a contractor who comes in with the lowest bid. While not necessarily indicative of
the quality of work that a contractor can achieve, reputation should play a larger role in
your selection of a contractor. Sometimes contractors will lowball a bid in order to secure
the project, then overload the client with change orders, which will be costly and make
working with such a contractor more strenuous. Procuring references from architects or
past clients is a more coherent method of assessing if a contractor is right for your project.
Do I need an architect?
It depends on the scope of the project. While a major remodel or new construction
will almost always require an architect to translate your vision into a set of plans, smaller
scale projects can be managed by the contractor and homeowner. c o u
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Exterior Paint: Spring is the perfect time to update the color scheme of your home.
The average paint job can last a number of years so be sure it’s done right. Touch up
painting can also extend the life of previous painting projects. Fresh coats of paint pro-
duce a “like new” appearance of your home.
Weather Stripping: Weather stripping and caulking are important to maintaining an
energy efficient home. Replacing door sweeps and weather stripping are relatively inex-
pensive. You may want to hire a handyman for proper installation.
Sealing around windows and doors: caulking around windows and doors will prevent
air drafts from entering your home. A silicone or butyl caulking is best for the exterior.