Feeling overwhelmed when it comes to all the projects you could, should do to improve your home! According to a recent article on Houzz, a leading online platform for home remodeling and design, there are 3 main factors to consider when prioritizing your home improvement projects:
1. Energy Level: When we bought our current home, we had rose colored glasses cemented on when it came to the size of our yard and our actual energy levels after a long day or week of work. Now we are faced with the ongoing agony of managing a large yard that isn't a match for the amount of time and energy required to keep it up. Don't make the same mistake! Ask yourself: How many hours do I have to dedicate to my home improvement projects More importantly, how much energy do you realistically have to dedicate or want to dedicate to home improvement projects Be honest with yourself. This is especially important when house hunting and comparing homes. Which home is the best match for your energy levels outside of work
2. Budget: This is where the rubber meets the road. How much $ do you have to dedicate to home improvement projects each year How does this compare to your project list This may lead to the need vs. want discussion and/or the feasibility of hiring it done versus DIY decision. Pull up excel and look at the real numbers. This factor is essential in determining what is realistic when purchasing a home too.
3. Personal Style: Once you have looked at your budget and energy levels, its time to decide what your style is. This is the fun part! Get on Pinterest and start pinning what you like for bathrooms, floors, etc. When you know what you like and want, the whole home improvement process is more seamless. ENJOY!
Finally, have a master plan. Do you want to go room by room or do a larger overall project like new flooring or painting your home There isn't a right or wrong approach here. Its deciding what matters most to you at this time. That being said, if you plan on selling your home in the next couple of years...you should focus on the largest impact projects and select more broad appeal styles.
Oops! One more thing...HAVE FUN!
Source: "First Things First: How to Prioritize Home Improvement Projects" by Alison Hodgson, Houzz Contributor