Remodelers are not fixer uppers like me where my budget is a top priority! You won’t be happy with the money they earn. Playing house and remodeling seem to go together. Things like splitting up big rooms to gain an additional bedroom or dining room, or making the kitchen larger expanding the bathroom or changing the hallway around seldom pays off. If you’ll stop to think about these schemes, they are generally a matter of preference or taste! More often than not, two people could never agree on rooms or configurations anyway. You’ll be money ahead if you keep things simple! Leave the house alone and simply clean it up and fix what needs fixing!
Fiddling around with the walls and room sizes can throw a house out of balance! For example: Changing a two bedroom house to three bedrooms likely means more people will live there. You might need more heat, cooling and electrical circuits. The bathroom and kitchen may be too small for larger families. Just one change could have a ripple effect. If you need more power and more heat, those things could easily cost more than any benefits you’ll gain.
I always advise students to concentrate their efforts on fixing upthe outside before they start on the inside. Exterior paint is one of the most productive jobs on the fix-up list. It’s not unusual to spend $100 painting and get back $10,000 or more in added sale profits. You’re accomplishing high leverage fix-up when you can spend one dollar – and get ten dollars back!