Every homeowner eventually starts thinking about home improvement at some point. But, depending on your situation, your personality, your budget, and any other number of factors, there are definitely different ways to approach ideas, concepts, and processes.
But, at the very least, it’s important to think in terms of foundation first. And there are several interpretive meanings of the idea of a foundation, so consider these five in particular, including the literal meaning, and then moving on to pests, doors and windows, resale value of your home, and the balance of function and appearance.
Literally Start with the Foundation
Particularly in some areas of the world, homes can have foundation movement. There are a number of different reasons for this, including weather conditions, soil type, earthquakes, etc., but in almost all of these cases, it’s necessary to have professionals come in and take care of it before it’s too late. Home inspectors will often be able to point out these types of problems before you can see them, so regular home checkups certainly are a good idea.
Check For Pests
Another foundational consideration is that of pests. One of the firsts pests that comes to mind that can affect the structure of your home are termites. If you research termite damage, you’ll see some really drastic and catastrophic trouble that people have had, and many times didn’t even know it. If you’re looking into home improvement projects, make sure that you don’t have any pests like these before you start adding to their food supply by bringing in more materials for them to munch on.
Repair Doors and Windows
And before you do much home improvement, it’s a foundational necessity to handle your doors and windows as well. There’s an incredible amount of energy and money loss that goes straight out of unsealed doors and windows, and there are usually pretty easy and inexpensive fixes that will take care of most of that issue. The smart route is to really check all of those seals extensively, and then see what your options are before you start any other projects.
Think Resale Value
Also, before beginning a new home improvement project, consider the long term return on investment. For instance, if you’re going to be remodeling a bathroom. Is it going to cost $10,000, and then only add $2,000 worth of resale value to your house?
Consider the Balance of Appearances
And finally, decide what the best balance is between function and appearance of different home improvement projects. Structural improvements aren’t necessarily going to improve the look of your home, but are important for safety. And then sometimes small cosmetic improvements are all you need to help out the financial portfolio of the home.