Today’s top renovation trends

In the competitive environment of the real estate market, standing out above the crowd is essential for homeowners who want to increase the value of their property and ensure that that they get the best possible price for their property should they decide to sell. 

Many homeowners have turned to renovation as the key to increasing both the home’s value and its appeal to would-be buyers. This is according to Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who adds that renovation projects are currently on the upswing.
He notes that while renovation can be the answer for homeowners who are looking for the edge in the market, it is essential that any renovation project is undertaken in the correct manner to ensure that it has the desired impact. “If adding value is the end goal, then it is imperative that the project is handled by a trained professional who has the qualification to complete the work according to the highest possible standards. The cost of fixing badly completed renovations will far outweigh any savings made by cutting corners or using someone who is not qualified,” says Goslett.
He advises that homeowners should speak to several well-regarded contractors before moving ahead with any renovation projects. “Homeowners should provide each of the contractors with the same information so that it is possible to compare quotes. Homeowners should also check the contractor’s references and read any reviews that may be online. This is a great way to obtain information about the contractor and establish whether or not any previous clients have reported any problems with regard to communication, delays or site clean-up.”
According to Goslett, certain renovations will add more value to a home than others - kitchens and bathrooms, for example, which remain the most popular areas of a property to upgrade. Statistics suggest that while these rooms can be costly to renovate, they will push up the value of the home more than any other renovation project.
Knowing the current renovation trends and what potential buyers are looking for will assist homeowners to decide which projects to undertake and how to make the most of them. Reports from highly rated interior designers and renovators list the following as the current top renovation trends:
Open-plan living areas 

Many renovation projects involve removing walls to create a more open space and flow between rooms, particularly the kitchen and living areas. Removing walls can make smaller homes appear to be bigger and can create a more social atmosphere where household members can interact even while they are busy in different areas of the house. Certain renovations include placing islands in between two previously separated rooms to define spaces while still creating flow. Often hardwood or similar style flooring is used in the kitchen and living spaces for continuity between the different areas.
Energy efficiency

A growing trend among homeowners is the need to reduce energy waste. A large proportion of renovation projects include eco-friendly systems that effectively cut down on energy usage and a home’s carbon footprint. These renovations include home automation systems, water-restricting showerheads, solar panelling and replacing old light bulbs with LED lights. 
A growing number of homeowners are also including recycled building materials into newer spaces to save on resources and create an eclectic combination which is very trendy.
Bathroom bliss

Homeowners with the space and resources are focusing on creating luxurious bathrooms, which include underfloor heating, a standalone tub and shower that features multiple water options. The emphasis is on both extravagance and comfort.
Smart technology customisation

With technology very much a part of our everyday lives, many homeowners have included smart technology customisations into their renovation projects such as charging stations for phones or computers. Some of these renovation ideas involve adding charging stations into existing cupboards so that the gadgets and wires are out of sight or installing electrical outlets with built-in USB charging ports.
“While knowing the top trends is important, it is more important to ensure that the project grows the investment value of the property and adds to its appeal. With any renovation project the key is to have a budget and a plan before getting started,” concludes Goslett.

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