If you’ve lived in your home for years and are ready to start home improvement projects, where should you start? Or if you have just moved into a home that’s going to need a lot of work to modernize, what’s first on the agenda?
“What should we tackle first?” is a question we get often, and we’re more than happy to talk with you about it. Most people won’t be able to afford a whole-house renovation all at once, which means you’re going to have to choose what’s most important to you. Here are some things to think about.
Check Your Budget
It’s unlikely you’ll be able to renovate the entire house at once (though we’re up to the challenge if you have the budget!). A kitchen remodel will cost considerably more than a small bathroom remodel. Adding a deck tends to cost less than basement finishing. Your budget will go a long way to informing you what you can afford to renovate in your home. If you have no idea which is going to cost more, contact us for a free quote.
Go With What You Need
Sometimes “what you need” is obvious. If the baby will be here in seven months, what you need is a nursery! When the baby gets here, will it be time to finish the basement so that your teenager can have a more private space? If you’re welcoming a foreign exchange student into your home, perhaps you need that attic space turned into a comfy bedroom. If you don’t have those spaces to retrofit, perhaps you need an entire room addition. You know what you’ll be needing in the near future, and if it includes a bedroom you’re more than likely on a schedule. We can help you keep that schedule and get your home improvement projects done on time.
You Can Choose What Looks Worst
Sometimes a house simply doesn’t wear evenly over the decades. Bathrooms tend to get a lot of wear because of the steam from the shower and the splashing from the sinks. Kid’s bedrooms tend to have the most holes in the walls and scratched doors. Kitchens can see heavy wear on the lower cabinet doors, while stains and scratches mark the countertops. These areas of your house that get worn the fastest might dictate what home remodeling projects you decide to call about first.
Go With Your Gut
Sometimes you simply have to let feelings decide. It might be that your current bedroom is the most comfortable place in your house, and you want to leave it until last. But if you’ve just moved into a home and you’re not comfortable with the space that the previous owners spent decades sleeping in, perhaps it will be the first remodeling project want performed.
We want to get you that perfect home you’ve always wanted, and it’s perfectly fine if we do that one step at a time. Once we help you with the first home improvement projects, we know you’ll come back to VIP again and again!