It’s quite natural for homeowners, undertaking a whole house renovation, to wonder where to begin their remodeling from. The answer to that depends on the extent of damage, your remodeling budget, the scope of the renovation, your time frame, and whether you're renovating to sell your house or want to live there for years to come.
Here are a few guidelines to help your get started on a remodeling plan:
The first step is to fix all the problem areas of your house after a thorough home inspection. Address serious issues such as a leaky roof, mold and mildew, water damage, broken windows, a non-functional furnace or water heater, or any other structural problem.
Next, improve the look and functionality of your new home. Tackle a bathroom or kitchen renovation at this stage.
If you’re strapped for cash, consider just cosmetic updates such as adding a fresh coat of paint, replacing bathroom or kitchen sinks and hardware, refacing cabinets, adding crown moldings and good lighting.
Consider replacing your existing flooring in the entire home or of rooms that witness a lot of foot traffic.
Make your home more green and energy efficient -- perhaps by using an energy efficient roof like a metal roof, solar panels, new windows, insulation, and energy efficient kitchen appliances.
Install new siding, add new landscaping, build a deck, or add an outdoor patio.
If you’re looking to add a touch of luxury to your home, you can install radiant heat flooring, a swimming pool or a Jacuzzi tub.