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A Realistic Plan to Update Your New Home
A Realistic Plan to Update Your New Home

When you first viewed the house that would become your home, did you see the possibilities and potential? Did you see beyond the wall separating the kitchen and dining room to the wide open space it could become? Did you see past the outdated bath to the spa-worthy retreat waiting to emerge? Did you look at the weed-infested yard and see the backyard oasis waiting to be unearthed? If you’re like a lot of us, yes, yes, and yes!

Now that you’re home, though, what do you see? An electrical system that needs to be replaced? Plumbing that needs an update? Floors that need to be refinished, appliances that need to be upgraded, and windows that need an efficiency makeover? It’s all too easy to see all the problems – and all too easy to get overwhelmed. Our top tip: Breathe! And make a plan.

Taking the Leap

Maybe you were a house hunter who, while you saw the possibilities, you also saw the problems. Certainly, in some cases, the cons outweigh the pros, and you should move on. Literally and figuratively. But in others, the potential is there, the bones are good, and your gut says “Do it.” Don’t be afraid to buy a home that’s not updated. A shiny surface isn’t everything.

At the same time, updating your home is far more intense – and stressful – than makeover shows on HGTV would have you believe. This is especially true if your to-do list is lengthy and your budget is less “money is no object” and more “wait…how much?!”.

So, without further ado, here are our top tips for creating a realistic plan to update your new home.

5 Tips for a Realistic Plan to Update Your New Home

  1. Don’t Try to Do Everything At Once

We admit it: We love a good episode of Fixer Upper. But we also recognize that it’s just not real life, nor are many homeowners able to allocate $250,000+ for a full-scale, television-worthy renovation. And that’s ok. We’re focused on reality here, not reality TV. The best approach to take is to go one step at a time. Don’t try to tackle every single project at once. Not only is this expensive, it is difficult from a practical, logistical, and emotional standpoint.

While it doesn’t make it onto home makeover shows, updates, renovations, and remodels are stressful psychologically taxing, particularly when you are living in the home during the process. Minimize disruption by focusing on one aspect of your update at a time.

  1. Interview the Experts

Makes sense… But which aspect do you start with? What project(s) need to be done now and which can wait? Which will help preserve the integrity of the house? Which will enhance your living experience? Which will bring you that much more joy throughout your days? And which of these should you prioritize? We weren’t kidding about this being stressful!

Fortunately, you don’t have to decide on your own. Interview contractors and ask what they recommend you do first. Obviously, when the roof’s leaking or you can’t run your toaster and coffee maker at the same time, then those are must-dos – but in many cases, the “must” is not as clear to laypeople as it is to professionals.

Bonus: This step also allows you to connect with contractors, builders, and/or remodeling experts in an impactful way. Beyond their qualifications and credentials, you can get a sense of how they do business and how they communicate – which will be crucial as you move forward with your updates.

  1. Create a Tiered Plan

It’s time to create a tiered plan for your updates. Consider this your roadmap for results. When you think about what needs to be done, the answer might be “Everything!” Stop. Take into consideration the advice of the contractors you’ve spoken with and your own assessment of the home. A kitchen that’s not functional takes priority over a bathroom you wish was less 1990s and more spa.

This is when you dig deeper, and more specifically, into your budget. What is realistic in terms of your finances? While you may want to complete every project now, what can you actually get done without overextending yourself? It may be a hard process to tackle, but it is one of the most critical when creating your tiered plan. Deciding to wait on certain updates can be difficult and frustrating but it can be a big step in protecting your financial present and future.

A master plan will also help you contain costs; you know what needs to be done, where you can save and where you can feel free to splurge when the time is right.

While you are building a multi-phase plan, remember to think about your energy level. If you’ve just moved into a home, for example, your budget may not be the only thing feeling a bit deflated. You may be tired and worn out. Take a break. If it can wait (i.e. nothing’s leaking!), let it. A side benefit of this mindset is that you may rethink what were once “must-do” projects and leave yourself open to other possibilities.

  1. Knock Off the Projects You Can

Here’s the good news: Not every home update means contractors, demolition, and disruption. You can complete many projects yourself easily and inexpensively. These include:

  • Painting
  • Replacing faucets, light fixtures, cabinet hardware, etc.
  • Decluttering and deep cleaning
  • Trimming the lawn and hedges, edging walkways, and weeding flower beds/gardens
  • Refinishing the deck/patio
  • Removing a popcorn ceiling
  • Changing your HVAC filters
  • Applying fresh caulk around your tub, shower, tile surround, and sink
  • Applying weatherstripping to doors and windows

There are literally hundreds of options that won’t break the bank – and will allow you to hone your DIY skills.

Note: Don’t make “improvements” that will become eyesores or problems when you complete bigger updates. For example, tacking up a few missing roof shingles may seem like a brilliant way to save thousands. Except that doing it improperly may lead to leaks, water damage, mold/mildew growth, rot, and voided manufacturer warranties. When in doubt, don’t. Leave it for the pros.

  1. Find the Best Home Artisans

When it’s time to put your plan into action, connect with trusted, experienced home industry professionals. While improvement projects are never without highs and lows, qualified artisans will ensure you see far more ups and downs.

Find the right person for the job at Home Artisans of Indiana. They’ll help you overcome the problems and fully realize the potential of your new home.

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