3 Things to Ask Yourself Before a Home Improvement Project
With the weather getting warmer and the sun shining, it’s time to come out of hibernation and start working on the home improvement projects. But when your house was built in 1960 and needs countless updates, where do you begin? Should you paint the kitchen cabinets, install a new bathroom sink and light fixtures, or put in a new concrete patio in the back yard? This can be a big dilemma. Here’s a few things to think about before you get started.
- How long will I live here?
Consider how long you’re going to live somewhere before you spend thousands of dollars on a project that you will only get to enjoy for a few years.
- How much value will it bring?
Updating things like the kitchen, bathroom, or backyard will bring value to the home – a new flat screen TV will not. It’s important to note the cost before you get started. Is it worth it?
- Can I DIY it?
If choosing DIY over professional help, make sure you calculate the cost before you start. Things like new paint, a new deck, or even a new bathroom are manageable if you gather a few friends to help. However, installing a concrete patio, building a pool, and getting a new roof require professionals. Consider the cost of each project before committing to it.
It’s important for anyone embarking on home improvement projects to know the limits. Are you willing to learn a new skill to save some money, or would you rather hire a professional to help you out? Is the project something you can afford right now? Whatever the decision is, do what’s best for you in your current situation. Most of all, enjoy your accomplishments!