If you've just purchased an existing home, chances are there are some projects you want to tackle. No home is perfect, and whether you just need to paint a few walls or tear down some walls, we've got some tips to help you prep for a new home project.
1. Enjoy the planning process! Spend some time in your home before you decide on any projects. Make a list of things you want to tackle, from painting the walls in your guest room to adding on that sunroom. Enjoy this part! Spend time really thinking about your lifestyle and how you want to use the space you've just acquired.
2. Now that you've got a list of potential projects, rank them in order of easiest to hardest and least expensive to most. If you're new to home improvement, start with a small project, like painting a bathroom or adding some window treatments. If there are projects that NEED to get done, obviously do those first. You can't spend much time in your space with a broken toilet or misbehaving hot water heater.
3. Research and educate yourself. Don't know how to paint? Watch some YouTube videos! Planning to replace your kitchen floors? Talk to some flooring experts! The more you know before you get started, the better off you'll be. Those guys at Home Improvement stores can help too; they have kitchen planners, carpenters, and folks with more appliance knowledge than the rest of us!
4. Think about sustainability and energy efficiency. If you're replacing a dishwasher look for one that uses less water. For flooring options, think about what's going to last and be durable. If you can in your renovations, consider upcycling some items from Habit Restores, for example.
5. Remember your budget and make an early plan on where to splurge and where to save. Renovating an entire kitchen? Maybe the cabinets can just be painted or sanded and restained instead of replaced. Adding storage to your bathroom? Look for items on sites like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. You might find a great mirror or vanity!
If you're ready to sell your home or find a new one, contact us! We'd love to help!