Perhaps your family has outgrown your home or you're dreaming of a spacious master suite or gleaming new kitchen. Maybe you need an in‐law suite to accommodate aging parents (or boomerang adult children). Moving is certainly one solution, but economically and socially, staying put and renovating may be a better choice. “Housing inventories are tight and the competition for homes is high in many areas,” says Al McIlwraith, Vice President, Private Banking, Johnson Financial Group.
It may seem clichéd, but the old real estate adage about location is solid. “If you love your neighborhood, are situated on a great lot, have friends and family nearby or access to a good school system, you may want to stay and remodel your home to suit your current needs and tastes,” McIlwraith says.
“You already know what works and what doesn't in your home, giving you an edge in planning any renovations.”
Before starting a home remodeling project, consider costs and the home's resale value once renovations are complete. For example, according to Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost of a major upscale kitchen remodel in the Milwaukee area is more than $130,000, with close to 53 percent of the cost eventually recouped.1
“But that's just an average. In high‐demand areas, the right renovation may yield a higher return dollar‐for‐dollar,” McIlwraith says. “Consulting with a real estate agent, contractor and banker can help ensure you're not over‐improving.
“Find a reputable contractor and have them plan, spec and price out the project,” McIlwraith says. “But don't sign the contract until you share the plans with your banker. We can order an appraisal and estimate what the house will be worth once the work is done so you can make an informed decision.”
You could finance your home renovation by taking out a conventional construction loan or paying cash. But a home equity line of credit (HELOC) may make more sense. Here's why:
If you're ready to tackle a home renovation, start talking with a real estate agent and contractor (we can help you with that process). Before signing on the dotted line, contact your Johnson Financial Group advisor to explore your best options for financing.
1 Source: Remodeling “Cost vs. Value Report 2018,” © 2018 Hanley Wood, LLC.
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