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Have you outgrown your current home but just love the neighborhood, the location, and the memories you’ve generated there?

Before packing up and settling into a new address, consider home remodeling first.

Almost everyone develops a wish list of improvements to their home, no matter how humble or lavish. Now may be the time to consider tackling one, maybe two, of those items on the list before doing something so drastic as moving entirely.

It’s likely that a kitchen upgrade will go a long way to making your home feel like a new house. So would adding a new bedroom or bathroom. Or maybe a deck and some work on improving the outdoor living of your home is in order.

Home remodeling projects can be large or small, depending upon your needs and desires. Some remodel jobs consist of nothing more dramatic than new paint but this one step often changes the entire personality of a room.

On the opposite end of the home remodeling spectrum, the sky is basically the limit.

One popular trend in urban settings that were once quaint neighborhoods of small family homes, is to retain the existing (small) structure but raise it off the ground so an entire new floor or two can be added beneath it. This top floor of historical architecture makes a lovely master bedroom in the treetops, with room for children’s bedrooms and family space on the new floors below.

Some of the smaller home remodeling projects can be done as do-it-yourself projects, if you feel handy enough with a hammer or a paintbrush.

Other, more complicated, home remodeling projects are best left to the professionals. They will know how to secure a city building permit if needed and how to complete the home remodeling project so it passes any necessary inspections.

Most home remodeling contractors can even help with the design of the project, too. And they are happy to work within your budget, even if it means taking on the big project in a series of smaller, more manageable, steps along the way.

In many locations, home remodeling contractors are required to be registered or licensed to do business. Check with your local or state governments for a list of qualified home remodeling contractors before signing any contracts.