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When It Comes to Renovating Your Home, Professional Guidance Is a Must

You may be one of the new workforce professionals that are permanently working from home, either because your company went to a remote-work model or you’ve created your own business. You may now be in need of a home renovation in order to make your home office productive, comfortable, and inviting to guests. And that may also include renovating an adjoining bathroom or even a kitchen to be more work-friendly with updated appliances.

First Things First

You should always begin any renovation project with a firm budget. A good rule of thumb is not to go over 20% of the value of your home per room in order for it to make good appraised value sense. Then, once you have a budget for that room, hold back 15%-20% of that for unexpected expenses that will inevitably arise. Try using a renovation budget template to keep you on track.

Getting a second mortgage or refinancing your current mortgage to cash out your house can be smart as long as you’re using that money to put right back into the property while also making it a more effective place to earn.

Get Professional Design Help

Interior Designers will not only ensure you get the best value for the home improvement dollars, but they can also take your vision and turn it into a reality. They will be able to handle the complicated day-to-day operations of the project for you, like ordering items, keeping track of the budget, and overseeing vendors. Do some research to learn about what an interior designer does, and then use online reviews and referrals to narrow down your search.

Ashleigh Richards Design will be able to work with you on space planning and organizing, along with incorporating your style and decorating vision into the project.

To get an idea of what you might need space-wise to accommodate your desk, cabinets, and electronics, as well as anything else you need for work or running your business, try using a virtual room layout app.

Energy Factors

Adding a new room to your home or creating a new use for an old room may mean prioritizing your energy sources, too. An old HVAC that is losing efficiency or is too small to handle the added space may have to be replaced or updated.

You may also want to consider adding solar panels to your roof to make up for the extra energy required to maintain your home office’s temperature. The Department of Energy is promoting homeowner use of solar panels by offering financial incentives. You can read the Homeowner's Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics to see if that’s right for you.

Making Your Office Inviting

Lighting should be one of your first decisions when creating a home office. Having ample window light can improve your mood and help you feel less cut off from the world, and even makes you more productive. And though window light is also ideal for your eyes, you’ll need directed artificial light as well. A combination of natural, ceiling, and task lighting, such as table lamps, allows you to be productive day or night.

Soundproofing your office with extra insulation in the walls means keeping distracting noises to a minimum while affording you privacy as well.

Bring in live plants to not only help purify the air but to enhance peace and positivity.

Wall colors also come into play when it comes to affecting your mood. You may want a peaceful shade for the bedroom in order to wind down, but for your office, strong colors are more dynamic.

Renovating your home to make it a more productive, comfortable, and inviting place to be is not an indulgence but often a necessity. Talking to an interior design specialist to help make what you envision a reality will save you time, money, and frustration.

Budgeting properly and knowing how much to hold back will ensure you don’t come up short before the project is completed, too. By following the advice of professionals, you’ll be much happier with the finished product in the end.

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