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Pros and Cons of Partial Renovations vs. Complete Remodels

If you have an outdated home or even a single room in a house, you may be deciding whether to do a partial renovation or go for an entire new look with a complete remodel. The difference between minor and major remodels lies not only in the complexity of the project and the cost, but often on the return on your investment.Photography Portfolio

When You’re Selling

If you plan to sell your home in the next year or two, you may want to forego a major renovation. According to a survey from Zillow Digs, most experts recommend making minor updates to bring your home’s design current rather than investing in major changes. You’ll probably get more of your money back in the increased price than you would with what you spend on a complete renovation.

Anyone who really wants to make major changes in hopes of bringing a higher price will need to speak with an expert about the best way to get as much money back as possible. Depending on where you live, finished basements or attics may bring enough to pay for the remodel. In other areas, it may be the updated bathroom that commands a higher sales price.

When to Choose a Complete Remodel

The case for a total renovation to a room comes when it’s no longer functional. If you’re tearing out walls to open up an area or make it larger, a complete renovation makes sense. Another reason to go for the big project is when you need to update plumbing and electrical or if there’s foundation issues.

It also depends on how much of an impact a major remodel will have on visual appeal. For instance, in a kitchen, the big difference between what you see with a minor and major renovation is the cabinetry. If the cabinets are an eyesore, you’ll want to replace them. However, a minor remodel means replacing or altering the fronts of the cabinets. With a major remodel, you’ll completely remove the cabinets and install new ones.

With a complete renovation, you know everything is brand new. If major work needs to be done, this is the only option. While you can expect major expenses and a big budget, the results can be worth it.

When to Choose a Minor Remodel

If the bones of the room you’re renovating are good, you may be looking at a minor remodel. Just remember that the word “minor” may not mean the same thing to everyone. You may have a lot of work to do, and the room often looks like it has been completely demolished, but it still classifies as minor if no major structural changes have been made or electrical and plumbing hasn’t had any big alterations.

You don’t want to cover up issues with a pretty design, so make sure you understand when a major remodel is required or when a minor update will do. Indiana Residential can help you decide which type of renovation will achieve the results you want within budget.

For help deciding what is best for your budget, contact the pros at Indiana Residential. We can help walk you through all the details to make the best decision for your home.

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5 Ways Indiana Roofing Makes A Realtor’s Life Easier

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Are you a Realtor in Central Indiana? Our team at Indiana Roofing understands your workload and all the things you juggle on a daily basis; from open houses to closing schedules.  We can help make your life a little easier with our Roofing Program designed especially for Realtors and your ever changing timelines and schedules. We service homes throughout Indiana including Carmel, Lawrence, Plainfield, Greenwood, Meridian –Kessler, Zionsville, Fishers and more.

We assume that all the homes you are selling have a roof, and being proactive with examining and repairing any issues ahead of time will save you tons of time and headaches.  We partner with Realtors in Central Indiana for all their roofing needs because we are able to save you time and money by helping to prepare your homes for market and catch any issues that may come up in an inspection report. Why wait to get the report back when you and the home owner already know there may be a concern worth looking at.  Our roofing specialists can inspect your roof and let you know all of your options so you can be prepared to accept and offer on your home and get through the inspection and closing process with ease.

How do we do all that?

    1. We work on your schedule/timeframe

      With our One Call program, we respond to your calls within 48 hours and we fully understand how tight timelines can be when you are trying to sell a home.  We react promptly so you can have all the information you need to move forward.

    2. We inspect your roof and find issues ahead of the game

      Because we work with Realtors directly, we are able to take a look at the roof before the house ever goes on the market.  This allows the homeowner and realtor to have productive conversations about any repairs that may come up in an inspection. Why wait for an inspection report to reveal roofing concerns? When you build a relationship with Indiana Roofing, we make your life as a realtor and help you to avoid many of the hassles.

    3. We can save you money

      When we come out for preliminary inspections of your roof, we are able to suggest many ways you can invest in repairs and upkeep of your roof that will minimize all the red flags that an inspector may find during an inspection.  Don’t wait to get a laundry list of issues revealed in an inspection; your potential buyer may even be scared off.  We help alleviate the headaches and surprises that can come with an inspection report on older and even newer homes.

    4. We can mediate between the buyer and seller for you

      Roofs are always a concern for buyers and the seller may have to spend some money to get it repaired properly.  We can provide everyone with all the options available that make sense to both the buyer and seller.  We understand what the “need to haves” and the “want to haves” really are on maintaining a roof and are able to coach both parties to help come to a resolution that is a win/win for everyone. Just one more way we take this burden off the Realtors during this process.

    5. You can sleep at night knowing that our work is guaranteed!

      We are an Owens Corning™ Roofing Preferred Contractor, therefore you can assure yourself and your clients that we carry all the required state and local licensing and insurance, we are in good standing with the Better Business Bureau, and we have Knowledge of the latest industry standards and technology.  We get the job done right so your clients can trust in your resources and provide quality referrals for you.

Our trusted relationships with Realtors in Central Indiana allow our business to grow and in return we strive to help make your job as painless as possible.  We understand both sides of selling a home and would love the opportunity to show you how advantages we can be for one another.  Contact us today so we can come alongside of you to one of your properties.

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Add Value and Function With Built-Ins

Does your Indianapolis Area home need more storage? Are you missing personality and that custom look that home buyers are looking for?

If you need more storage space in a home with limited square footage, built-ins may be the answer. Not only do they provide valuable storage in creative ways, they can visually enhance dull areas and add character. You’ll be surprised to discover all of the hidden places which would benefit from a built-in. And even more surprised at how you can use this creative use of space.

Built-in Window Seats

Add seating and storage with built-in window seats. Frame out a window with a comfortable bench and include either a lift-up lid or shelves along the bottom for extra storage. Choose either a simple seat or surround your window along the sides with shelves and closed cabinets for a full effect.

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Craftsman Staircase by Ellicott City Architects & Building Designers Brennan + Company Architects

Awkward Spaces by the Stairs

Use up the wasted space under the stairs with a built-in cabinet. Leave it open or create closed storage for books, toys, and many other items. Another fun idea is to create a built-in shelf next to the stairs rather than under them that increases in height to follow the stair rail.

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If you have a recessed area in your home, turn it into usable space with a built-in. A popular option is to create a workspace with a desk. You can add cabinets up high with under-cabinet lighting and low storage under the desk area. A second option is to build shelves all the way across for books or trinkets.

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Transitional Kitchen by Charleston Cabinets & Cabinetry Robert Paige Cabinetry LLC

Closed Storage

Turn an open area into closed storage with your own built-in. Add sliding doors or traditional cabinet-style doors to close off the area when you want it out of sight. This is a great way to hide a TV in the formal living room or bedroom or to add a mini-bar. Just close the door when you don’t want it to be seen. This type of storage enhances functionality while creating a sophisticated atmosphere to a room.

Special Storage in Tight Spaces

Look for unique ways to increase storage in odd spaces with built-ins. For example, maybe you have a window in a laundry room, bathroom or mudroom. These narrow rooms often don’t have the square footage for traditional cabinets. However, you can design a built-in to fit the limited space under the window while providing either closed or open storage with shelves and custom cabinets.

Room Divider

An open floor plan is ideal for many homes, but it can reduce storage you would enjoy with closets and cabinets along solid walls. Create a room divider while allowing for conversation with built-in cabinets and shelves. For instance, a half-wall between a living room and dining room or kitchen can provide storage for dishes or entertainment systems. It also creates a cozier atmosphere in a large area while offering essential storage.

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Transitional Dining Room by Edina General Contractors REFINED LLC

Creating custom built-ins to work with the available space you have can enhance your home and add value and interest when it’s time to sell. Choose a reputable company like Indiana Residential to build these unique pieces with quality and character .Contact us today and we will take a look at your project needs.
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Honored as THE COMPANY OF THE YEAR by F.C. Tucker Home Services

We are proud to be recognized as THE COMPANY OF THE YEAR by F.C. Tucker Home Services. Big thanks to our team, clients and partners for helping us achieve these awards!

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Top Home Improvement to Boost Your Home’s Selling Price in Indianapolis

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Contact Indiana Residential for all your home remodeling needs!

Home improvement projects can help you get top dollar for your property when you sell. Whether you are putting your home on the market right away or planning to sell in the next couple of years, the right updates and changes can have a big impact on what buyers are willing to pay.

The key is to know which projects add value and which ones do little or could even hurt your home’s appeal for buyers. Once you know which projects are worth putting time and money into, you can plan your budget.

  1. Make a Good First Impression

Buyers often drive by the property before they ever schedule an appointment to come inside. Curb appeal is what will inspire them to take the next step. If your view from the front needs a lot of work, it sets the tone for how buyers feel as they come through your front door. This project doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming. Trimming overgrown bushes and removing dead or overpopulated plants, and spreading a fresh layer of mulch can do wonders. A fresh coat of paint to your front door and around windows and trim can make the place feel brand new. Replacing or painting old exterior light figures can have a bigger impact than you might think. Even just adding a wreath and flower pots to your front door can entice potential buyers to want to see more. Don’t forget about the exterior of the house as well. Repair any cracked concrete and edge any walkways making the potential buyers trip up to your door the best it can be

  1. The Heart of the Home

It doesn’t matter how much the buyer likes to cook, they still want an updated kitchen. They want to see working appliances that don’t look like they need replaced. How much of a remodel you should do will depend on the market in your area and how outdated your kitchen is. Even a minor remodel where you prime and paint existing cabinetry, and replace hardware and lighting fixtures can have a big impact on what price your home brings. According to Remodeling Cost vs. Value study, a minor remodel in the kitchen will provide an 82 percent return on investment.

  1. Don’t Forget the Bathroom

Much like the kitchen, buyers like to see a functional, updated bathroom. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but low-flow toilets and showerheads, updated faucets and bright lighting can have big impact. Since this is usually a small area, you can often find it affordable to replace flooring or add a new vanity. If you have a little extra cash on hand, consider adding a second bathroom in a one-bath house. You’ll see big returns on this remodeling project. The same study from Remodeling shows that adding a bathroom can give you a 60 percent ROI. On a smaller budget, try priming and painting an old wood vanity cabinet in a fresh color, and add simple new hardware. Spruce up a basic clip mirror by adding a wood frame around it (Pinterest is swarming with instructions on this update). Bathrooms take a lot of wear and tear from water, so be sure to clean and caulk around the tub, shower and countertops to freshen up the condition.

  1. Save Your Energy

Budget-conscious buyers will appreciate renovations such as installing new windows or adding more insulation. If you have old exterior doors or windows that are original to the home, you could deter buyers who see projects in their future. However, it won’t cost you a lot to make those improvements before you list the house. A bonus is the fact that you’ll save money on heating and cooling until your home sells.

  1. Move Outdoors

One of the easiest projects to take on to add value to your home is the addition of a deck or patio. Outdoor spaces have become an extension of the home, so adding or enhancing this area is like increasing the square footage. Expect to get about 87 percent return on your efforts with the right design.

Each of these projects has the potential to increase the price of your home and bring in more buyers. To maximize your results, work with a realtor or designer and a contractor who knows the neighborhood and can give you solid advice.

Remember, spend your time and money on the things that really matter, and ask for professional opinions before you get started. The professionals at Indiana Residential can help you review all your home improvement and repair needs and work to get you the biggest bang for your buck! Contact us today to schedule a time to look at your property.

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