Small Investments Bring Big Returns When It Comes To Professional Home Improvements

As a finish carpenter and home improvement expert, Stephen Powers often consults home owners about ways to increase the value of their home. In todays housing market, one of the first questions people ask me about any remodeling project is whether the project will substantially increase the value of their home — when and if they decide to sell it. says Powers, the owner of The Carpenters Hands located in Albany, New York. In fact, Ive recently been approached by more and more real estate professionals who are looking for minor, inexpensive enhancements that can help increase a homes value and appeal to buyers. These professionals recognize better than anyone, the enormous return that a small investment in carpentry can make

As most professionals will agree, the general rule-of-thumb has always been that any remodeling project that will bring your home up to the level of the others in the neighborhood is a worthy investment (so, be sure to check out your neighbors home for ideas). However, another more recent consideration for improvements that will increase resale value are those which mirror new home construction features.

Many of the popular trends and good remodeling investments today mirror trends in new housing, such as adding a master suite, exercise room, a finished basement, media room or simply by enhancing an existing room with popular aesthetics using fine finish and trim work such as: crown moldings, wainscoting, coffered ceilings, new cabinetry, built-ins, redesigned mantels, fireplaces and staircases. Since potential buyers are always comparing remodeled homes with those that are newly built, it makes sense that the most sought-after amenities follow similar patterns within the new housing market and quite often, these new construction amenities are the work of a skilled finish carpenter.

Good finish carpentry can be the most important aspect of a construction or remodeling project and few contractors are as versatile and important to general home improvement as finish carpenters. Even if youre not looking to take on a major renovation, trim work projects can create the most bang for your buck when it comes to home beautification and resale value and when youre considering the right contractor for the job, anything that involves enhancing, altering, or repairing your home’s structure is probably within the realm and expertise of a finish carpenter. If youre looking to take on a new home improvement project, Powers suggests identifying a skilled craftsman in your area with impeccable references, photos of his/her completed work, good pricing and who is both licensed and insured. He warns even the best Do-It-Yourselfers that certain projects should always be handled by a professional or the resulting effect could be a decrease in your homes value instead of an increase.