Friday, August 25, 2017

How to Start a Major Home Improvement Project

Do you want to undertake a major home improvement project but are unsure how or where to begin? Don’t allow a lack of knowledge or experience to stop you from transforming your home. Simply read our handy advice on how to start a major home improvement project.

Prioritize Tasks
Many homeowners can often become swept up in the fun of choosing color schemes, furniture and decorative accessories. That’s because they often provide instant gratification. However, don’t get caught up in the fun stuff and focus on the big home improvement tasks. For instance, do you need better plumbing in the bathroom, a full kitchen remodel or to replace a worn heater? Resolve the bigger issues first and the fun stuff will follow.

Understand Your Limitations
It is imperative to understand your limitations when embarking on a home improvement project. While you might want to perform all the big and small tasks within the home, you might unfortunately lack the knowledge and experience to execute them well.

The last thing you will want is to incorrectly plaster a wall or cause a fire due to inaccurate wiring. Don’t view it as admitting defeat, as hiring a qualified builder near me will help you create a beautiful house that you will be proud to call home.

Consider Your Energy Levels
Even if you do have the skills to undertake a task, it is advisable to consider your energy levels before you start a home improvement project. For instance, if you have recently endured a significant life event or have just moved into your new home, you might not have both the mental and physical energy to embark on a major home improvement project.

If you are worn out, you will have to decide whether to set the project aside or hire a professional. In fact, it is never always a bad thing to wait for a few months before you make any major changes to your new home, as you could spot design possibilities once you have lived in the home for a little while.

Identify Your Wants and Needs
Before you start a project, sit down to identify your wants and needs ahead of a home improvement. For instance, what type of environment do you want to create in each room? If you are a parent, you might simply want a beautiful, durable living room that is clutter-free, so you must look for hardwearing, functional and stylish furniture with storage solutions. Once you understand exactly what you want from each room, you should then undertake a project.

Get to Work on the Frequently Used Rooms
Think about the room you spend the most time in within the home? This is where you should start making improvements to your home. Transform rooms one at a time, working your way from the most used rooms to the least visible areas of the home.

Please share your helpful home improvement tips by writing a comment below.

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Heather @ Girl Gone Mom said...

Such a good point that you need to address the utilitarian concerns first. That beautiful bathroom will have been all for nothing if the pipes burst and ruin it!

Alli Smith said...

I live in an older home and I love the character of the house but I always have a list going of home improvements. We completely gutted and redid our bathrooms a couple of years ago. Now, I want to replace my granite countertops with Quartz. There's always something I want to do to my house.

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

We will be updating our two bathrooms hopefully this winter. Waited to purchase items on sale and have everything ready and on hand before we get started.

Jeannette said...

There is so many things that I want to do this house. This was definitely a great way to start. You have some great ideas and tips in here that I am definitely going to use.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

These are some great tips, you really need to make sure you have the time and energy to complete the tasks you decide to do.

Anosa Malanga said...

I always thought about buying an older house so I can do home improvements but the little I have done in my current space I fear this is not for me. I know my limitations, great tips though

Miss Angie said...

Great steps and ideas here! I have so much I need to improve, but only two months till my first baby gets here so I think it'll have to wait. There's only so much I can do at one time. haha

Jennifer EngineerMommy said...

Yes, it can be intimidating to get started on a major project. We want to refinish the floors in our home but it can be challenging to take that first step.

Jenn said...

These are great tips. Starting the project is my hardest part. We have so many ideas, we just need to actually start one of them.

Pam said...

These are great tips for anyone wanting to start a home improvement project. Identifying wants vs needs is important for me.

Dogvills said...

Great tips! I usually keep up with the household tasks because if I relax one bit, the tasks will get to be overwhelming. I agree with prioritizing and knowing your energy levels/limitations.

Marysa said...

We have taken on a lot of home improvement projects on our own. It is easy to get in way over your head, or even be overwhelmed when you hire, with contractors and projects that drag on.

amy Barseghian said...

i need to do some work but can't do it myself. those are great tips. now just to find someone to help.

Cheryl Lang said...

There are sooooo many things I would love to do with my apartment, but it's a rental.

Mimicutelips said...

I like the idea of starting in the space you use the most. For us that is the living room and we’ve never really decorated it. This could be a good fall project for us.

Cyn said...

These are great considerations to think of. We have to put down new flooring this fall and then renovate the bathroom over the winter. There's a lot to think about.

Nikka Shae said...

I want to update my kitchen soon, and change my living room funiture.

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