Not that long ago, Boston condos for sale with many rooms and numerous septums were a thing. The open space concept wasn’t that popular.
It may be difficult to imagine living in a Beacon Hill home where you must have a separate room for every activity, but the truth is that architecture, just like any other industry, is continuously changing.
Actually, the world we live in shows that the only certainty is a change. This is 100% true, especially in the era of a pandemic. It may seem that the world has actually stopped due to the Covid-19, but the truth is that life goes on.
Even in a pandemic, buildings are still booming in downtown Boston like the Seaport District. Boston real estate experts are optimistic when it comes to real estate projects, even in these challenging times. However, they do claim that specific changes are happening when it comes to home preferences and current stay-at-home situations.
There is no perfect time for renovating your home. This task can be difficult even under the best of circumstances. Attempting to remodel your home during a global pandemic while trying to sell your Beacon Hill condo for sale can seem impossible?
The Pandemic won’t last forever, but people are already thinking about the future, ‘new normal,’ and how their Beacon Hill home space should be shaped.
At the moment, homeowners are passionate about natural lighting and letting nature in. As expected, bigger windows and large glass surfaces are trending.
Future trends are already happening. More safety measures are demanded, safety protocols are only increasing, and projects even last longer. This is the current situation, not a new regular thing.
Everyone needs to be open to different solutions and new approaches to everything. That’s why the rise of the home office and children’s workspace shouldn’t be a surprise.
People need privacy and a certain environment for various tasks, so having separate rooms for work, play, and dining can be beneficial for the entire family.
If you are ready to jump into remodeling your Beacon Hill home during the pandemic, there are certain things that you should know about:
- Safety protocols are stricter by contractors and others.
- You won’t have large teams available and ready to work at the same time.
- You may expect a slight increase in costs. Just like with any other construction project, you should always increase your budget.
- Double-check what’s available on the market, because some supply-chain issues may appear.
- Expect online meetings, because everyone is becoming more comfortable with technology. This also means that you will save a lot of time and be more efficient.
- Think about going to a second home until renovations are done.
- Expect to see yourself being faster in decision making.
During your home remodeling, you should think about one thing always – cleanliness. Some protocols will be active in the future as well, while others will disappear.
Still, cleanliness will remain as it should be. Cleanliness is always good. So, think about your future cleaning habits, home maintenance, and more eco-friendly and cost-efficient items that can help you keep your home spotless and virus free. Don’t overdo it, just be precautious.
Did you know that 80% of Boston homes were built before 1980? It’s true, and for most home buyers, it’s a plus. Many of our 70’s and 80’s homes, midcentury marvels, and well-built turn of the century bungalows and foursquare homes have good bones — they just need an imaginative eye to renovate them.
If you’re looking for a Boston Beacon Hill remodel project, you’re not alone. Several of Boston most famous and well loved landmarks are old homes that got saved from the wrecking ball and turned into something beautiful.
While your Beacon Hill condominium remodel may be less ambitious and historical in nature, it’s good to keep an eye out for Boston’s hidden gems.
Once you and your Boston Beacon Hill buyer’s agent have made a successful offer on the Portland home you hope to remodel, what’s next?
- Look for inspiration. Not only can you tour a few of the marvelous Beacon Hill condos homes at open house in person, you can find even more inspiration online.
- Set a budget. According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the biggest factors affecting your budget are: Whether there will be structural changes needed to the Beacon Hill home (removing walls, adding rooms), age of the home’s “infrastructure” (electrical, plumbing, etc.), your preference for materials, and how much custom or craftsman work you’ll want to put into the home.
- Create a timeline. So many people leave this out, and it’s so important for everyone’s sanity. You don’t want to live in a construction zone for the next decade, do you? Okay, maybe you do. Either way, have a plan to wrap up each room or project by a set date. Especially on a tight budget, something that can help a lot is being willing to do some of the work yourself. Not everyone is a latent craftsperson, but most of us can handle some demolition work, painting or shopping for recycled materials at a bargain price.
Please note that it is tough to get a good Boston contractor to start work next week right now. Many are booked up until next year! With our low unemployment rate and recent strong increases in home equity, there is a little-discussed remodeling boom and not enough good contractors to go around, so plan ahead!
- Choose your team. Even if you’re a hardcore DIY-er, there are some things you’ll want to leave to the pros. If you plan on changing the footprint of the home, raising the roof or any other major change, hire an architect. They’ll help you with everything from defining contracts with builders to getting permits from the City of Boston. Plumbing and electrical work should always be done with — at the very minimum — the supervision of a licensed professional. (As your Boston real estate agent, I beg you to keep potential resale complications in mind.)
- See it through. It’s easy to get burnt out with remodeling projects. Keep the final goal in mind, whether you need to tack up pictures from Architectural Digest in your closet or hold yourself accountable to the public by launching your own remodel blog. Don’t settle for good enough. You’ll be much more comfortable in your home once it’s finished with your customized design!
Talk to your Boston Real Estate agent
- Talk to your agent. If you’re considering selling in the next 12 months, your Boston Beacon Hill real estate agent would love to talk to you! It is good to remodel with the real estate market in mind and not just for your personal preference – if you are planning to sell soon. Let your real estate agent have input on what to do and what not to do. We see a lot of houses and experience first hand what sells and what does no
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