If you're tackling a big upgrade, learn from (and lean on) the pros
Here's where the those Pinterest boards come in handy: What you don't see on their shows, the brothers say, is that Jonathan creates full inspiration boards for each room to get agreement on the overall look, feel and scope of any renovation. This is an important step if you want to get buy-in from your spouse or family.
The next step is budget. You'll need to have a buffer in case something comes up. Believe it or not, most of the homeowners on the Property Brothers' shows don't have the necessary funds to undertake the kind of renovations they envision, but they do have Drew and Jonathan's 20-plus years of experience renovating homes. "They usually have half of what they should have to renovate, but we're great at stretching budgets," Jonathan says.
How do they stretch those dollars? Using a kitchen as an example, they say "the quality of pre-fabricated cabinets is way better than it ever was in the past. And if somebody doesn't have the budget to a custom kitchen, we actually will do prefab and finish it with details like molding to make it look custom." And by saving that money on the cabinets, they can invest in a better quality stone for the counter tops or appliances.
Another tip from the twins? If you're renovating and want your hard-earned money to go the distance, stay away from obvious trends. "Try not to go too bold on the more expensive items like counter tops because the more bold you go, the quicker they'll go out of style," says Drew. And lean on your general contractor for advice and guidance, they say. He or she will have experience to help you prioritize upgrades and finishes and help you stay on budget and within your timeline.
The one thing in every home that's overlooked
Kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms are the sexy rooms when it comes to buying and selling, but that's where people make a big mistake, Drew explains. What's missing? Closets and storage. "You need to have full organization in every closet. In fact, you can never have too much storage," Drew says. There are a lot of clever things you can do to create more storage, he explains. If you're buying new furniture pieces, choose your sofa or coffee tables with internal storage — or if you're doing a kitchen renovation, consider a big island that offers more drawer space. When you're designing a room, always ask yourself where everything — from clothes to dishes to cookware — is going before making any big decisions. Some of these are small purchases like baskets and bins for mundane things like toys, shoes and the mail.
In the end, it's about waking up happier
Whether you're spending your tax refund on some new paint and pillows or you're ready to finally splurge on your dream kitchen, the goal is to feel your best in the most important space you have. Drew and Jonathan say that's what they try to do on the show — it's all about making homes inviting and relaxing. "It's so important for people to have a space that they love, and that you wake up happy every morning in your house. A big part of that is what you have for your furniture, your art, your decor. If you're not stressing in your home, it will help you live many, many more years because you're happier where you live," Drew explains.
I couldn't agree more. Now what's my Pinterest login again?
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