Summer is here. Now is the time to begin updating the small things around the house and maybe, plan for the bigger remodeling ideas you may have thought about, but never completed.
As with most projects, time and ideas are needed to be successful in your planning. The best thing you can do is be prepared and know what you are getting into before you get started. First things first…complete a planning and routine maintenance checklist. If you want to listen to an expert, start with Martha Stewart! Check out her spring cleaning planning strategy by clicking here. You can use this great Summer Cleaning Checklist as well.
After you are comfortable with your routine maintenance, start thinking about all the updates and upgrades you have dreamed about completing on your home. Some may be cost effective and others may be a large scale remodel where square footage is added or rooms re-finished. It is alway best to examine your budget and sit down with your family to really prioritize what is best for you and your home.
Better Homes and Gardens offers a great month by month Home Improvement Plan. Use this as a guide and remember to always find a good balance between cost and quality. Additionally, it is always wise to think through your investment from a cost/benefit analysis perspective. For instance, replacing your windows with energy efficient, energy star rated windows decreases your energy consumption and lowers your monthly energy bill. This is money back in your pocket that can offset your initial cash outlay for the upgrade!
When it is all said and done, the best you can do is take care of the basics up front. Simple routine maintenance and spring cleaning can go a long way. Once that is done, focus on the big ideas and make it a family effort to build and customize your home!