Tips for Prioritizing Home Improvement Projects

home-improvement-projectsOnce you decide to start renovating your home, it can seem a bit overwhelming when you realize just how much has to be done. But, don’t worry! If you break it down into smaller home improvement projects, it won’t seem as stressful. You just have to figure out how to prioritize the projects so you can check them off your list one by one. Here are some tips on how to do just that:

First, declutter.

Before you can even begin to make a list of what needs to be done, you have to clean up your house. If there’s clutter everywhere around you, it’s hard to truly assess the situation and determine what is a priority. Plus, the clutter could actually be hiding things that need to be repaired such as chipped paint, cracks in the flooring or small dents in the wall. That’s why it’s so important to get everything out of your way before you start prioritizing any projects. Clear your clutter and you will be able to clear your mind, too!

Function first.

It’s tempting to do projects that make your home look better first, but try to prioritize function over appearance. For example, redoing your landscaping will make your home look better, but it won’t add any functionality. If your home needs more storage space, prioritize a closet renovation before you start to think about landscaping. Adding more shelves, drawers and hanging space is much more valuable than making the outside of your home look nice.

Go phase by phase.

One way to organize your projects is to rank each task by how difficult it is to finish. Make a list of every project you want to do in your home, and then group tasks together into easy, moderate and difficult categories. Projects such as painting or switching out cabinet handles are easy, while landscaping could be seen as moderate, and installing new cabinet or counters could be seen as difficult. Once everything is grouped together, it will help you understand where you should focus your attention first. Do you want to check off the easy tasks first so you can feel some sort of accomplishment? Or do you want to do a hard task first to see how much it costs you before committing to the rest? The choice is yours, but it will be a much easier choice to make when you have everything laid out like this.

Focus on one room at a time.

To ease your mind and make the entire process less overwhelming, try to focus on only one room at a time. Look at one room only and make a list of things you would want done if you had an unlimited budget. Then, reassess the list and determine what needs to be done right now, what can wait, and what doesn’t really need to be done at all. Tackle the “must do” projects before you even think about moving into the next room. This will help you manage the renovation without losing your mind.

For more advice on real estate and home improvement projects, talk to the pros. Contact our team of real estate experts at Coast 2 Coast Realty who have years of experience working with both buyers and sellers in the Tampa Bay area.

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