How to Prioritize Home Improvement Projects
Have you decided to renovate parts of your home? Looking around, it may seem like you have tons to do, and the thought of getting it all done can be overwhelming. Instead of thinking of the big picture, break it down into smaller home improvement projects and prioritize which should come first based on these tips:
Before you can make a list of what needs to be done, everything in the home needs to be as clean as possible. This will help you assess what your needs truly are without getting distracted by the piles of clutter. Moving a heap of laundry could reveal a small hole in the wall or chipped paint that needs to be added to the list. Plus, getting rid of clutter helps you see the room in a whole new light, so you may be able to spot things that you otherwise wouldn’t have noticed. Never start prioritizing until you have a finalized list.
Think of function first.
Redoing your landscaping may make your home look more visually appealing, but does it have any real function? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of home improvement projects on your plate, try to prioritize functional projects over ones that just improve the appearance of your home. For example, if your closet is cramped and in need of more shelves or drawers, this would add function to the room since it would give you more space. Put this in front of other projects that don’t provide the same benefits.
Think in phases.
Another way to look at your home improvement projects is to rank each task by how difficult it will be to complete. Group easy fixes such as applying a new layer of paint or switching out old hardware together, and then put more difficult tasks such as installing new cabinets or redoing the kitchen countertops together, too. Once you have everything grouped together this way, it may be easier to start with the easy tasks and work your way up to the projects that require a professional. Getting a few tasks done right away at the beginning of your renovation will help you feel accomplished so you have the motivation to continue through the rest of your list.
Focus on one room at a time.
An easy way to get overwhelmed is assessing the home improvement needs of your entire house. Instead of taking this approach, look at one room at a time and identify any projects that need to be done in this room only. Do not move on to the next room until projects have been completed in this first room. This helps you stay focused and sane, since the home improvement projects won’t feel as daunting when you just look at one room at a time.
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