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A bathroom renovation can feel like a murky undertaking for homeowners, especially if the room could use multiple upgrades. Questions of where to start and how much to spend are so overwhelming that it may seem easier to skip the whole process. If you want to start somewhere though, experts agree that painting is a safe bet. Here are just a few reasons why painting can transform one of the most valuable rooms in the home.
A High ROI
Paint is one of the least expensive ways to smooth out the flaws on the wall and change the look of any room. It costs as little as $100 to paint an average bathroom, and this includes the primer and labor. Considering the ROI of paint can easily go over 100%, it's one of the most profitable home improvement projects to take on. Taking the time to paint a bathroom also sends a message to future buyers that your home was loved and maintained.
A New Attitude
The bathroom isn't just a functional room in a home, it can be transformed into a little slice of luxury with a little help. Starting with a calming color, such as a soft gray or light green, can instantly help residents feel more relaxed. Earthy tones like taupe can help the room look more modern, while warming colors like cream can instantly roll out the welcome wagon. The right color (or colors) for you will depend on everything from the style of the home to the ways in which the bathroom is used. For example, a master bathroom may have a very different attitude than a guest bathroom.
Protects and Refreshes
The interior paint of a home will eventually start to lose its protective qualities over time. Considering it can make a difference in the case of water damage, repainting is more than just an aesthetic upgrade to the bathroom. Semi-gloss finished paints are made to resist mold and mildew, plus they're relatively easy to clean. The right paint can keep out everything from dust to allergens while keeping the plaster from deteriorating underneath. As you paint, remember you're taking a practical step that can stave off higher cost repairs.
Painting a bathroom is a great way to assert your creative style over a room, and the action may just inspire you to do even more. No matter how you're looking to fix up your property, painting can help both the exterior and interior. From the garage to the basement, it's an easy way to give everything a quick (and effective) spruce.
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Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases that you’ll ever make in your lifetime. You’ll spend decades of your life making mortgage payments to pay off your home loan. Buying a home is more than just simply finding a place to live. It’s also a financial decision. Your home helps you to build equity, gives you tax deductions, and helps you to have some security in your financial future.
One of the biggest questions that you’ll have when you buy a home is “How much can I spend?” To answer this question, you’ll need to dig a little deeper.
Do You Have Money For A Down Payment?
The standard amount of money that you’ll need for a down payment is 20 percent of the purchase price of a home. If you don’t have the money for a full down payment, you’ll need to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). This could add up to be an extra cost of hundreds of dollars per month in additional insurance payments on top of your mortgage and every other kind of expense that goes along with buying a home. You’ll need to take the time to save up for a down payment if you’re a first time homebuyer. If you already own a home, the equity that you have in that home can help you with the down payment.
What Are Your Other Financial Responsibilities?
There’s more to buying a home than just the monthly mortgage payment. You’ll need to get insurance, pay taxes, and have some money set aside for repair and decorating costs. You’ll need to look at your monthly income to find out just how much you can afford on a home. You should take an honest look at your lifestyle and existing expenses in order to determine a comfortable monthly mortgage payment for you.
Know Your Credit Score
Your credit score will be a major factor in how much house you’ll be able to afford. Your lender will use your credit score and credit history to help determine what type of interest rate you’ll get and how much they’re willing to lend you in order to buy a home.
Understanding what you can afford for a home purchase is crucial before you even start shopping. It’s a good idea to meet with a lender to get pre-qualified. This is different than getting pre-approved. Your lender will give you a general idea of how much you can spend on a home without digging too deep into your finances. Getting pre-qualified is a great place to start when you’re looking at the numbers of being a homeowner.
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