May Is National Home Improvement Month
National Home Improvement Month was created by The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and supported by Congress to encourage, inspire, and educate homeowners on how best to remodel and improve their homes. It serves as a reminder to take on various projects to make their homes more comfortable, efficient, and visually appealing. During this month, people will take on remodeling, repairs, and upgrades, both big and small, to enhance the functionality and aesthetics of their most used living spaces. It’s a great time to plan and execute home improvement projects and repairs that can increase property value and create a more enjoyable living environment.
NARI President, Doug King, is quoted as saying that “NARI has always been the go-to resource for homeowners interested in upgrading their living spaces. This month, we’ll offer a wide array of helpful advice based on our collective years of working in this ever-changing industry.” Not only does NARI want homeowners to improve their homes but they also want them to do it safely and responsibly. King has given a few starter tips for homeowners before starting a remodeling project.
- Be more vigilant than ever in checking licenses and insurance for anyone that you allow to enter your home
- Stay focused on safe habits and do not let the excitement of remodeling your home blur your vision for the safeguards you have in place for your loved ones
- Be sure to start your research at the best place to connect with a safe, professional, and trusted remodeler.
Which Room to Remodel
Deciding which room to remodel in your home depends on your specific needs, preferences, and the condition of the existing spaces. Consider assessing the rooms that are frequently used or could benefit the most from an upgrade. Kitchens and Bathrooms have been the most popular rooms to remodel for several years now but other rooms have become important recently. We’ve spent more time at home the past couple of years due to the pandemic and our living space priorities have changed. Home offices, gyms, and outdoor living areas have become more important and a necessity to better our home life. People are also deciding to spend their senior years at home instead of moving out to assisted living facilities which means aging-in-place upgrades and modifications are needed throughout the house. If you’re still having trouble figuring out which room or rooms to remodel, ask yourself these questions:
- Which room needs the most improvement?
- Which room gets used the most?
- Which room will raise your home’s value the most?
- Which room needs better functionality?
- Which room are you tired of?
Hopefully your answers will point you in the right direction.
Top 6 Rooms to Remodel
The kitchen is always the #1 room to remodel. It’s often considered the heart of the home because family and friends frequently gather there. Remodeling this space can not only enhance its functionality and efficiency but also improve its physical appeal.
Bathrooms are the 2nd most remodeled rooms in the house. The master bathroom is a personal sanctuary where you can relax and unwind. Other bathrooms throughout the house should be welcoming and convenient to visiting friends and family. A bathroom remodel can involve replacing fixtures, updating the vanity and countertops, installing new tiles or flooring, and upgrading lighting. Creating a more spa-like atmosphere can elevate your daily routine and increase the value of your home.
3. Living Room/ Den
The living room or den is a central gathering place where you entertain guests and spend quality time with family. Refreshing this space with new furniture, paint, flooring, lighting, installing new large windows, and upgrading entertainment areas can elevate the overall ambiance. Additionally, improving the flow and optimizing seating arrangements can make it a more inviting and comfortable gathering area.
4. Master Bedroom
As a retreat for rest and relaxation, the master bedroom is worth considering for a remodel. Focus on creating a serene and comfortable space by updating the flooring, paint, installing programmable smart lighting, audio system and window treatments. Adding storage solutions like a built-in armoire, open shelving or a walk-in closet will also enhance the functionality and organization of the room.
5. Home Office
More people are working from home and telecommuting now more than ever and having a dedicated home office space has become increasingly important. Consider remodeling a spare room or converting an underutilized space into a home office. Moving a desk into a room doesn’t make it an office. You need added built-in storage, upgraded lighting, ergonomic workstations, fast wi-fi, and privacy to create a conducive environment for a productive workspace.
6. Outdoor Spaces
While an outdoor area isn’t really a room; outdoor areas such as the backyard, patio, or deck offer ample opportunities for remodeling and improvement. Create an enjoyable outdoor space by landscaping, installing a new deck or patio, adding outdoor seating and dining areas, build a patio awning for shade and install a fence for privacy. These improvements will expand your living space, provide a welcoming environment for outdoor gatherings and relaxation and raise your home’s value considerably.
Whatever room you choose to remodel this National Home Improvement Month, NARI wants you to do it responsibly and safely. Hiring the right remodeling company is key to a successful and beautiful remodel. Alamo City Handymen is a locally operated and owned business that has been serving San Antonio and the surrounding areas for over 15 years. Our crew is composed of licensed, insured, and knowledgeable craftsmen that can perform a wide range of jobs inside and outside your home. Contact us today to start your remodel!