How often do you—as a longtime homeowner—notice your staircase? If you’re like most, the answer is probably “What staircase?” But if your staircase is prominently positioned in your home, it is almost always the first thing visitors notice when they come over. So if you are looking for an easy way to improve the character and increase the value of your home, look no further than your staircase.
Inspect and Decide
Replacing or renovating an old staircase can dramatically impact the way your home looks and feels, making it more elegant and more inviting. Before you begin remodeling your staircase, take a moment to assess the existing staircase. Determine what needs to be renovated or replaced. The steps themselves may be fine, but the handrail may need replacing. Likewise, the handrail may be good, but the balusters and newel posts could use an update. If you are unsure what parts of your staircase need work, consult an expert. They will be able to tell you whether you need a partial renovation or a complete overhaul.
Remember: To visitors (and potential buyers), the staircase makes a substantial visual impact. It’s therefore important not to skimp when choosing the wood and the fixtures. The higher the quality, the greater the effect. Plus, your staircase will be getting a lot of use in the years ahead, so it should be made of sturdy materials and built to last.
Small Changes = Big Rewards
Sometimes all it takes is a slight change to make a significant improvement. For example, replacing the worn-out carpet on your stairs with new carpet or an attractive hardwood can be a small, but important change. Also, replacing thick wooden balusters with glass panels that won’t disrupt the flow of natural light through your home can make a big impact. Since the staircase is the focal point of your home, doing an overhaul provides a unique opportunity to express yourself. If you’re planning on renovating your entire home, you can select your furniture style to match the look of the staircase. Or, if you’re just planning on changing the staircase, try to match its design to the overall style of your home.
Before you begin renovation, have a professional evaluate your current staircase system for safety. Are the railings still solid and fixed firmly in place? Is there a gap between risers and spaced treads that presents a safety hazard? If any of the components of your staircase are no longer in good shape, they should immediately be repaired or replaced. Most states have highly specific local building codes for residential staircases. Keeping your staircase up to code will not only improve its safety, but it will also impress potential buyers.
What if the whole thing needs to go? A complete renovation of your current staircase is a big endeavor. Is your staircase is poorly positioned, restricts your movement through the house, or blocks the flow of natural light? If so, replacing the entire staircase may be the best solution. Make sure to have a staircase renovation professional evaluate your staircase. This will help to ensure that building codes and architectural regulations are met.
Step On Up
Whether you’re looking to make a more significant impression on potential buyers or simply wanting to add charm or flair to your home’s interior, a renovated staircase is a great way to go. Think of it as a long-term investment—the value of your home will undoubtedly increase.
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