Blog Posts about Philadelphia
Current Home Location: Malvern, PA Built in 1958 2,000 sq. ft. 4 beds, 3 bath Valued at $472,000 The Renovation Blow out walls between kitchen, living & dining rooms to transform entire first level into an open concept Completely update kitchen with all new finishes & appliances No additional sq. ft. Total Cost: $55,000 Post-renovation value: $510,000 For Joanne and David, moving from their current home was never an option.
Current Home Location: West Chester, PA Built in 1930 1,800 sq. ft. 4 beds, 2.5 bath Previous renovations: remodeled kitchen, hardwood flooring throughout Valued at $405,000 The Renovation Additional 850 sq. ft. New great room with entry from backyard New master suite with walk-in closets All new exterior siding & roof Total Cost: $200,000 Post-renovation value: $807,500 Five years ago when Justin and Nicki found their current home in West Chester, they had no doubts it was exactly where they wanted to be.
Getting a permit really isn’t that difficult. It is important to remember that because not getting all the permits for your project could cost you BIG time. Knowing what you need is the first step. No city is exactly the same when it comes to renovation requirements, so RenoFi is here to help you make sure you have what your project needs. Here’s a helpful guide to obtaining permits for home improvements in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.
Philadelphia is comprised of a diverse group neighborhoods that for planning purposes have been divided into twelve sections including areas like Center City, South Philadelphia, Roxborough-Manayunk, and Germantown-Chestnut Hill. If that list wasn’t overwhelming already, many of these planning sections include several smaller neighborhoods within them like Fairmount or Fishtown. While many of these neighborhoods contain unique building and architectural styles, there are some things that all Philadelphians need to consider when embarking on a remodel or home improvement project.
We learn from experience. Sometimes that means learning the hard way, but other times, we may be lucky enough to reap the benefits of someone else’s experience. This is one of those times. We’ve asked a few recent RenoFi clients in your community to share a few lessons they learned from their recent renovation projects. After completing projects like a beautiful 700 sq. ft. addition complete with a new kitchen, great room, mudroom and powder room to a full 3rd floor Master Suite transformation and new outdoor living space, here are 4 helpful tips based on their lessons learned:
Current Home Location: Villanova, PA Built in 1958 2,768 sq. ft. 5 beds, 3.5 baths Valued at $780,000 The Renovation Additional ~350 sq. ft. Transform 3rd floor into full Master Suite Redo the back porch with fire pit & add new front porch Total Cost: $256,000 Post-renovation value: $900,000 When DJ and his wife, Vanessa, found RenoFi, they were just about to close on a traditional construction loan, having accepted the fact that they would need to refinance their first mortgage to do so.
Current Home Location: Ardmore, PA Built in 1940 1,700 sq. ft. Valued at $385,000 The Renovation Additional 700 sq. ft. Full eat-in kitchen, with heated floors New master suite with luxury bath Total Cost: $185,000 Post-renovation value: $550,000 When Ken and Katie bought their current home in Ardmore over 11 years ago, it was a great starter home for the two of them. Since it lacked the qualities they envisioned in their forever home, like a true Master Suite and large, eat-in kitchen, they were prepared for an eventual move.
RenoFi went to the Philly Home Show in January with the goal of educating homeowners on financing their renovations, but you all actually taught us a lot too! Check out the top 3 things we learned from homeowners at the Home Show. Sharing renovation financing tips A Lot of People Actually Do Plan Ahead! We were certainly impressed by how many homeowners were already planning for renovations in 2020 and beyond.