When it comes to remodeling your home, you might not have as much time or money as you’d like, which means that you have to prioritize which aspects of your remodel are the most important. While you’re planning how your newly remodeled dream home will look, be sure you root your ideas in reality.

Selling Sensibilities

If you’re remodeling your home because you’re going to put it on the market, it’s best that you focus on the improvements and maintenance that will have the biggest impact on the overall value of your home. The kitchen or master bedrooms are the best place to start. Bear in mind that you’re doing the remodeling for future homeowners instead of yourself, so try not to get too trendy with the design. You want to appeal to a broad spectrum of people.

What You Want Isn’t Always What You Need

Any aspect of your remodel that will protect you, your family, or your home should be done first. You may love the look of your new wallpaper, but it won’t look very good if you don’t take care of your aging roof or your doors that don’t quite shut first. Don’t be afraid to spend some extra money on your doors and windows if it means keeping intruders out and your energy bills low.

Don’t Forget About Maintenance

It’s a good idea to set aside some money for maintenance for your appliances, HVAC system, and roof. Servicing these items in your home can help them last longer, operate more efficiently, and keep you from having to spend even more money on expensive and preventable breakdowns, which is the last thing that you want to deal with after spending money on your remodel.

Go For Quality, Not Quantity

It’s also a good idea to make inexpensive and easy improvements to your home before you start on the more major improvements. For example, tend to your wallpaper, fixtures, and painting to truly maximize your home and your remodel. It’s also a good idea to take care of any leaking faucets, squeaking doors and doorknobs, and creaking floors that your home might have.

Health Hazards

While you’re taking care of maintenance around your home before you start in on your remodel, you should also have your home professionally inspected to ensure there aren’t any health hazards that you need to tend to. Specifically, you’ll want to check on the quality of your drinking water and indoor air. You probably aren’t looking forward to these inspections or improvements, but they can have a big impact on how comfortable you and your family are while inside of your home.

A lot of time and effort goes into pulling off a successful home remodel. By having your priorities in order, long term satisfaction with your newly redesigned home is nearly guaranteed.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.