If you have bought an older home, you knew that there was going to be a lot of work involved. When you have a long list of renovation projects, it can be tough to know where to start.
If you are a fan of watching home renovation shows on the cable networks, don’t be misled about the amount of work and upset involved. There is no chance that your renovation will be planned and completed by the end of a half-hour.
The question for most homeowners is which renovations to tackle first. Whether you need a residential glass window replacement or a new roof installed, all of your projects will seem important. In this article, we will help you get your projects organized in order of priority.
You won’t be able to focus on any home projects unless you have a solid frame and foundation. If you have problems with moisture in your roof or cracks in your foundation, these are the projects that need the most immediate attention. The structural integrity of your home needs to be fixed before any other kind of cosmetic projects.
These projects are often the most involved with the highest price tags. However, replacing a leaking roof, eliminating moisture problems, and correcting structural damage will bring your home up to a proper safety level. Keeping your family safe should always be a priority.
If your older windows allow moisture to seep into your home, you should start replacing them immediately. The success of your interior renovations may depend on the protection that new windows can provide. Choose the windows that have the most damage to start with first and leave the others until later.
Loose, missing, or cracked siding can allow moisture into your basic home structure. Water can seep into your foundation or start to deteriorate your struts and interior construction. Replace your siding if you notice that there are visible areas of water damage.
If you are remodeling your home interior, the projects that will affect your structural integrity should be tackled first. Renovations like refinishing plaster or drywall or moving an interior wall should be done early. These are big projects that can affect the success of later projects.
Electrical & Plumbing
Before you get too settled in your new home, you should update any necessary plumbing and electrical systems. Have your inspector look for problem areas and make plans to have the work done before other projects. Once you have moved in, having to rip out walls or floors to repair your plumbing, or electrical system can be a real hassle.
Your home’s decor is a personal statement and one of the ways you turn a house into a home. Although you may be tempted to paint or lay new flooring to give your home a new look, these are projects that can wait.
When taking stock of your renovation projects, you should have a clear idea of what to expect from the final results. Careful planning making sure that the right plans are made a priority can help you to stay organized. Start with the primary structural element and work towards the cosmetic renovation to help you create the home of your dreams.