Give me a home renovation strategy strategy
August 24, 2014 6:21 PM Subscribe
I'm purchasing a new home that needs a lot of work done to get it to where we want it. For anyone else who has been through this, can you help me with figuring out what my strategy should be in terms of order of operations? Any other advice from people with experience is very much welcomed, since we have never done any home renovation before.
posted by treehorn+bunny to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Here are some examples of things that we want to get done to the house, vaguely in order of the way I'm currently planning to do them, so that you can give me feedback on whether my current plan sounds like it makes sense or not.
Right after closing (we're taking 2 weeks to get this stuff done before we move in):
- Have some of the interior walls painted
- Have new flooring installed in a few rooms, have carpet taken up and underlying hardwood floor refinished in a few rooms.
- Replace oil tanks in basement
- Repair some minor electrical issues identified in the inspection
- Replace hot water heater
- Have dry well installed for outflow from water softener
- Services for septic system
- New cabinet handles to freshen up the kitchen/bathrooms
- New kitchen appliances and washer/dryer
- New lighting fixtures
- Have sink disposal installed in the kitchen
Sometime in the not too distant future after closing:
- Have landscape architect come and help me figure out what to do with the property plant and garden wise (I am a gardening idiot and this property has a huge yard/garden area)
- Have an architect come and consult regarding projected cost and design for a significant addition and remodel to the house that would expand the kitchen, the master bedroom, and the family room, as well as redoing the home exterior and entryway completely (to give us a budget to save for, and so I'll have an idea of which parts of the house are likely to change during the remodel and which I could work on improving prior to the remodel.
- Possibly getting an interior decorator to consult about the inside of the house, although not sure I should do this until after the remodel is finished, but I also want to buy some furniture that will both fit the house now and in the future/after the remodel, which is going to be a challenge.
and… that's as far as I've gotten. We also plan to pave the fairly lengthy driveway, to knock down the detached/rickety garage, and possibly to build a barn type structure. Presumably we'll want to incorporate an attached garage into the renovated house design plan. Any thoughts as I get this process started on how I should go about it? I'm nervous I'm going to either waste money or do something really annoying I'll regret down the line unless I choose the correct timing for these tasks.