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6 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

By Residential

The housing market is on the up and up. Don’t let the time pass you by without taking the time to capitalize on your home’s value with small upgrades that’ll give you big-time results. Whether you’re selling now or in the future, here are the top ways you can add value to your home.

Upgrade Your Kitchen

The kitchen is still the key ingredient buyers look for when buying a home. The fact remains so much so that many first-time buyers admit that looking the kitchen helps them ultimately determine which house to buy. But unlike the kitchen remodels of the past, you don’t need a total re-do to get a big return. Adding a new countertop or changing the backsplash can have a serious impact on your wallet. In fact, according to a Time Magazine report a minor kitchen remodel has a 79.3% ROI (Return on Investment). That means that adding stainless steel appliances or high-end countertops can add as much as 3 to 7 percent in your sale price.

Build a Better Bathroom

If kitchens are the first thing to draw in buyers, then bathrooms are a close second. From switching your sink to upgrading your flooring with a stand-out tile pattern, these little improvements go along with to potential buyers. According to that same Time Magazine report, a mid-range $16,724 remodel can have as much as a 70% ROI. This compares to the upscale remodel that cost $113,097 and only gave you 59% ROI. So, forget the hefty bill and stick to the mid-range upgrades that give you the most bang for your buck.

Finish Your Basement

Taking the time to finish your basement is the most common way to add square footage to your home and equally boost your home’s value. According to estimates from HomeAdvisor, most homeowners spend between $10,000 to $27,000 on a basement and the return is huge. The basement finishing experts, Aspire Construction, understand the importance of finishing a home’s basement. Their basement conversions transform unused space into a fun and functional living areas that add value to any home. They found through years of experience finishing basements in Utah, that quality work, creative spaces, and fair pricing give their clients the best return on their investments.

Don’t Forget the Outside

Ever heard the expression, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression?” Well, that couldn’t be truer when it comes to selling your home. Every potential home buyer is looking for that “wow” factor. Don’t leave them wanting more when they first see your home. Luckily, adding curb appeal isn’t as tricky as you might think. It can be as easy as adding light fixtures around your door, painting the outside of your home for a fresher look, or sprucing up your front yard landscaping. Whatever it is, don’t let the outside of your home keep potential buyers from seeing what’s on the inside.

Add-On

Increasing your living space with a home addition can be a very rewarding challenge. Homeowners looking to increase their home’s value should consider adding additional space in creative ways. Aspire Construction has years of experience building home additions throughout the state of Utah. Beam for beam they match your addition to fit seamlessly into your home. This gives potential buyers more square footage without even noticing the addition wasn’t there in the first place. Whether you’re looking for a larger main room living area, mother-in-law apartment, or anything in between, home additions could be the key you need to increase value to your home.

Open Up

Strategically increasing the amount of living space in your home is sure to increase your home’s value. According to Consumer Reports, an “open floor plan with flexible living space” was millennials’ second most desired feature when looking for a new home. This means that when you’re looking to boost your home’s appeal to potential buyers, you need to open up. Add square footage and appeal by knocking down the walls that separate your main living space. Increase usable square footage by adding double-duty rooms that serve a variety of purposes. These small tweaks to your floor plan will have big returns on your investment.

Ready to increase your home’s value? Contact the home experts at Aspire Construction today to learn more about their home services today.

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How to Build Your Dream Kitchen

By Kitchens, Residential

When it comes to your home, the kitchen is the main piece. From family dinners to baking treats for the neighbors, love is spelled “K-I-T-C-H-E-N.” But when your kitchen is cramped and outdated, it can be full of a lot less love than it should be.

In fact, at Aspire Construction, we know that each kitchen needs the same amount of love put into it as the love that’ll be coming out of it. So, here are our 5 top rules for building your dream kitchen.

  1. Space to Create

Every kitchen needs a good amount of space to work in. Nothing can put a damper on a kitchen quite like being too crowded. That’s why it’s important that the layout and design of your kitchen are efficient. Working with an experienced general contractor, we’ll maximize your space without over-crowding it. For example, if you want an island for extra counter space there are multiple options. These include different sizes, built-in sinks, or roll-away islands that can be stashed when you need more floor room. No matter the size, make sure that your kitchen is designed to give you the space you’ll need.

  1. Lasting Looks

Let’s be upfront, everyone wants their kitchen to make an impression. Just as you want your home to give the right curb appeal, you want your kitchen to give your guests a look they’ll remember. But what’s more important is that your kitchen’s design works for the long-term. Don’t get too caught up in trendy pieces that’ll only last a few years. Your kitchen will be around for the long-haul, so make sure that you limit your trendy pieces to accessories that are easily switched out. Then, stick to the classics for the big design pieces.

  1. Storage, Storage, Storage

Just as you need space to create, you need places to store everything a master kitchen owner needs. From a walk-in pantry for dry-food items to cabinets that can house a collection of kitchen items, your dream kitchen should always include plenty of storage space. Make sure that when working with your general contractor they help you design a layout that keeps a healthy amount of storage in mind.

  1. Personality

What makes building your dream kitchen so fun is adding your personal touch to every inch of the room. While it’s important to ask the experts, don’t get too caught up in your general contractor’s taste or the design opinions of others. Make sure you stay true to who you are when it comes to the design of your kitchen. Ultimately, it’s your space, so make sure that your personality shines through it.

  1. Functionality

With everything you do, keep functionality in mind. Don’t let your space get overcrowded with unnecessary fluff but keep the everyday function at the forefront of your design. Since the kitchen is a space of action, you’ll be constantly creating, baking, making, eating, and more. That’s why you’ll need to design a kitchen that fits your lifestyle and the function of the room.

 

For help with your kitchen build/ re-design, contact the general contractors at Aspire Construction today.

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Top 5 Reasons to Finish Your Basement

By Basements, Residential

Many homeowners spend years in a home with an unfinished basement. For reasons such as cost and time, these homes remain empty and mundane rather than cozy spaces that capitalizes on the original floor plan. Whether you’re looking for extra space to entertain or need more room for guests, unfinished basements are a blank slate of possibility. Here are our five reasons to finish your basement.

  1. Increase Value

While the upfront cost of finishing a basement scares off homeowners, it’s important to look a little further. A finished basement significantly increases the value of your home. The renovation can often include increasing the livable square footage of your home. This automatically increases the resale value. Also, depending on the renovation and design, finished basements that include kitchenettes, bathrooms, bedrooms, and more, further increase the value of your home.

  1. Expand Your Space

Another benefit of finishing your basement is the amount of space you’ll gain in your home. A basement not only adds functionality but it’s extra living space for your family. From home theater rooms to exercise rooms, these spaces can transform your current home into the home you’ve dreamt of for years. The extra square footage you gain from finishing your basement is invaluable space where you can create.

  1. Entertain

When homeowners consider finishing their basement, one of their top priorities is creating a space in their home dedicated to entertainment. Whether your teenagers desire a space for them to bring friends or you want to throw birthday parties in your own home, your finished basement is the perfect place. Forget about taking everything you own to the park for a party, your home is the best place to entertain your friends and family (and everything you need will be right where you need it).

  1. Extra Storage

Another benefit of finishing your basement is the extra storage you’ll gain. While an unfinished basement is often home to an eclectic storage space full of unorganized boxes, a finished basement provides a dedicated storage space. Depending on your needs and wants, attractive and functional shelving can be installed. Imagine an extra laundry room or a workshop, your basement is exactly what you need.

  1. More Availability

More than ever, home contractors have the availability to take on your unfinished basement project. The team at Aspire Construction has mastered the art basement finishing. With years of experience finishing basements, our team has established a reputation for quality workmanship and timely efficiency. Our creative ideas, quality work, fair pricing, and fast work makes us stand above the rest. Most importantly, our open lines of communication will provide you the assurance you need when undertaking a large project like a basement remodel.

Contact Aspire Construction to get a bid on your basement renovation today.

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Tips for Working with a Home Contractor

By Residential

Time after time we hear of clients, friends, and family who’ve been taken advantage of by other contractors. They’ll tell us how they hired a general contractor to remodel their home or finish their basement and it took everything in them to get the project finished. From apathetic contractors that don’t care about your project to overworked contractors who have too much on their plate, it’s hard to plan for bad contractors when they start off so well.

Here are five tips for working with a contractor to keep them on track and not lose focus on your home project.

  1. Establish Good Communication from the Start

The key to any working relationship is communication. From the very beginning make sure that you set that expectation. Whether you’d want to be regularly updated on their work or ask for everything to be cleared through you before any decisions are made, the relationship should be on your terms. If you want them to communicate with you, it’s important you make that clear from the start.

  1. Get it in Writing

This point could not be stated enough. Protect yourself-get everything in writing. No matter how trustworthy a contractor seems, you must get what they say in writing. An honest contractor will offer to put things in writing and not ask that you take their word for it. Make sure to get everything in writing.

  1. Set Expectations

Don’t let your contractor get away with things-especially if it happens often. Yes, things happen, but that shouldn’t be the norm. If you set your expectations high, then they will work hard to meet those expectations. If you set them low, then be assured that you’ll get lackluster work that meets those low expectations.

  1. Regularly Check their Work

This should be assumed, but make sure that you continually check their work. Not only is this important for keeping your project on time and within your budget, but in making sure the project results are what you’re expecting. Don’t be afraid to be annoying. Your contractor should welcome your check-ups and is, more than likely, expecting them.

  1. Only Pay for Completed Work

This is another big one-only pay for work that has been completed. We’ve heard of too many horror stories where work was paid for and never completed or took extra-long to be completed. Don’t get taken advantage of-tell your contractor up front that you’ll only pay for the work that’s done.

Find an Honest Contractor with Aspire Construction

Our team of home-building and remodeling experts works hard to go above and beyond your expectations. We believe that honesty lies within openness, we keep our communication lines open throughout the entire project and work hard to complete your project on time and within the budget. Your home is as important to you as it is to us.

Contact Aspire Construction to get started on your contracting project.

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Read this Before You Renovate (why go with a small contracting business rather than a big one)

By Residential

Taking on a renovation project can seem overwhelming. From the project size to finding the right construction team to use, there is one tip that the experts at Aspire Construction believe makes all the difference: hire a small contracting business.

While smaller contractors and big construction teams offer different advantages, small contracting businesses offer exactly what you need to make your renovation leave a lasting impression. Let’s discuss the top five reasons to use a small contracting business.

  1.     Attention

If there is one thing that small construction teams offer that’s the most beneficial to you, it’s their ability to give you the attention you deserve. Renovation projects are typically less monetarily advantageous for big construction teams that are used to large-scale projects. However, renovations are smaller contracting business’s bread and butter.

With 40 years of combined experience taking on renovation projects, large-scale construction, and more, Aspire Construction has the skills and practices needed for renovations. We give you the attention that you deserve because we don’t take on too many projects at once. You should have a team that keeps your best interest at heart and wears their heart on their sleeve. At Aspire Construction, we do just that.

  1.     Ran on Financial Stability

Small contractors enjoy the most financial stability of any construction company. Since our business is run with time-tested organization charts, processes, and systems, we are able to accomplish tasks on time and on budget. We only take on projects that economically feasible and that’ll give you the most bang for your buck. We won’t be worried about our bottom line but giving you the renovation project that you deserve.

  1.     Freedom to Create

Another major benefit that small contracting firms enjoy is the freedom to create. Rather than using the same construction model that offers the most financial advantage for big business, small contracting teams focus on capitalizing creation on each individual project.

The climate around construction is highly competitive, especially in Utah. From skimping on the details to hammering out multiple projects at once, most construction companies are trying to compete with the rest. However, the team at Aspire believes that the way we stand out from the competition is creating beautiful projects. That’s why we allow creativity and imagination on each of our projects.

  1.     Know Their Business

Don’t get lost in the construction shuffle, small contractors know their business and give 100% on every job site. Rather than sticking with the same-old cookie-cutter design, small contracting businesses give you their expertise, creativity, and attention. Large construction companies service multiple projects at once. But small business doesn’t want to and don’t need to do this. They focus on developing excellence on individual projects and give you the “best of the best.”

  1.     Efficiency Unlike the Rest

Large construction companies typically use a set of standardized services and procedures to serve their bottom line. While this works for them and the market they serve, it’s often very rigid and too pricey. Working with a different set of rules, small companies are looking to improve their business every day and provide top-of-the-line efficiency.

Small contracting business isn’t paralyzed by standardized systems, they are nimble while maintaining efficient and quality services for your renovation projects. Aspire Construction uses this efficiency model on every project because it works for us, but, more importantly, works for our clients.

Let’s get started on your renovation. Contact Aspire Construction today to get a free quote for your project.