How to prioritize your home remodeling projects

Many homeowners are faced with the dilemma of deciding which remodeling projects to tackle first. They may want to renovate the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and basement, but aren’t sure which order to do it in. However, in most cases it’s usually a good idea to have an overall look at the home to see if there are any renovating jobs that are necessary before remodeling for luxury or decorative purposes. For instance, if the furnace, windows, doors, exterior siding or roof need replacing then it’s recommended they be done first to protect your investment. Once these are all in good shape you can then focus your attention on aesthetic improvements.

Your living situation and plans may also affect the order of your renovations. If you plan on remodeling your home for the purpose of selling the home rather than residing in it then you’ll want to fix up the areas that are dated and which will increase the home’s value. If you plan on living in the home for some time you may want to remodel it according to your personal tastes even if it doesn’t really add any resale value. In addition, your family situation will help determine what jobs should take priority. For example, if you have a large family with several children you may want to take care of the basement renovation project first to create more room for them to play in or just hang out.

If you’re living as a couple or your children have flown the nest already then you may want to renovate depending on your hobbies. If you like playing table tennis, pool and darts you could turn a spare bedroom or the basement into a games room with a wet bar. In reality, the order of your renovations will be determined by your personal needs, wants and tastes as well as your current budget. However, there are certain things you can do before beginning such as clearing your home of unwanted and/or unused items. This will unclutter your living space and give you a clearer idea of what you’d like to do.

You can now make a list of everything you’d like to remodel or repair. At this point you can also decide if you can handle the renovating yourself or if you’ll need to hire professional help. Of course, if you need to hire a contractor you’ll need to properly evaluate your working budget. In some cases you may find some of your remodeling wishes may need to be placed on the back burner. You’ll now have a good idea of what you can and can’t afford. If there is anything on the list which affects the safety or well being of your family such as broken railings or floorboards these should be taken care of first. You may then want to move on to areas which you spend a lot of time in such as your kitchen and/or bedroom.

If you’re renovating to add value to the home it’s often a good idea to contact a local real estate agent
to help prioritize your list as they’ll know what buyers are looking for. If you plan on living in the home for the foreseeable future you may want to seek advice from a general contractor to see which jobs make sense to complete first and which ones will fit into your budget.