Are You Prepared to Plan Long Term External Residential Renovations?
Home, sweet home! Living in your own home should be a matter of great pride for those Canadians who have scrimped and saved to afford their own property. Every year, fewer and fewer people choose to own a home; instead, they look at condos, or renting a property instead. However, home ownership has many benefits. Your own property, the ability to garden or install a pool, unlimited customization over your house… all of these things are massively appealing to some people. If you are one of the Canadian homeowners who just signed the papers on their very first home, then congratulations! But don’t sit on your laurels and rest quite yet. When you purchase a home, it’s very rarely perfect just the way it is. Instead, you have to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Everything from the kitchen floors to the garage doors may be up for repairs or a fresh installation. Many Mississauga homeowners have the task of turning their new purchase into the home of their dreams ahead of them. The key to success is having an action plan that covers your external renovations in great detail. Should you take care of garage door installation early or save it for last? Are there any home renovation tasks that are “DIY friendly”, or should you call the pros? How can you save money while boosting the value of your home? This blog will help guide homeowners through the complex process of long term external residential renovations.
Why External Renovations Should Be On The Homeowners’ Mind
Something that is always important to remember is that your home is more than just where you rest your head at night; it’s also an investment that can secure your financial future. Of course, every investment needs some guidance. With a home, it is important for homeowners to constantly be 1) reducing the wear and tear their daily activities put on the house, such as repairing worn floorboards and appliances and 2) actively making the home better than when they purchased it. Following these two steps help ensure that when the time comes, your home’s value is much higher than when you initially purchased it. Internal renovations are important, but external renovations should be your top priority for a few reasons:
- Your garage’s doors and home’s exterior are exposed to the elements all year round, whereas your interiors are protected and sustain less damage.
- A properly insulated home saves you money on energy bills as well as increasing the security you have against insects or small pests. Letting heat or AC out and pesky bugs or animals inside is a surefire way to burn through your savings.
- Your home’s exterior forms a “first impression” that is difficult to shake off. If a potential buyer thinks that your home looks ramshackle, your tasteful interior decoration is unlikely to change their mind. An exterior that hasn’t been renovated and repaired over the years will sink the value of your home and turn off buyers.
How To Ensure Your Renovations Go Off Smoothly
There’s an old story about someone who is asked to fill a jar full of sand and rocks. First, they put in the sand, and find that there’s no way to put the rocks in. Their mentor shakes their head and empties the jar, and fills it again – except this time, the big rocks go in first. The sand settles down around the larger rocks, and the jar is able to be filled. This is used as a metaphor for stress and time management, but it also works for renovations as well. Taking care of larger tasks, such as garage door installation, is the best way to carry out your game plan. Smaller or seasonal tasks such as planting a garden, repainting your front door, and so on should be put last. Getting larger tasks out of the way is smart for two reasons:
- It gives you a great deal of momentum that can be applied to smaller tasks. Knowing that your garage doors are fully repaired and operational for years to come is a big morale boost during long term renovations.
- It helps save you money and budget more easily. If you pay for a more expensive overhaul such as large repairs on your garage and its doors, it’s better to get this cost out of the way early, as you could end up short on funds for repairs later on when you need them most. Also, as previously mentioned, having your garage doors be insulated and in good repair saves you money, which can be put aside for paint jobs, planting gardens, and other small tasks.
Should You Attempt to Handle These Duties By Yourself?
DIY is appropriate for some parts of exterior home renovations, such as replacing a doorknob or painting over a worn back step. However, when it comes to your garage doors, be sure to leave the actual labour to the pros. Failing to do so can lead to some unfortunate injuries and put a huge obstacle in your renovation plans. When in doubt, call in the professionals for a consultation at the very least.
External renovations are no joke to carry out – they require an investment of not just money, but also sweat and effort. Luckily, there are tips and tools you can use to accelerate the project and get things done in an effective manner. Having the right ‘action plan’ can be the difference between thousands of dollars in your bank account and on the future value of your home. By prioritizing larger parts of the project like your garage doors, calling in the pros when necessary, and putting the right tasks first, you can turn this big project into something much more manageable. Mississauga homeowners looking for more information on boosting the value on their home should visit the McKee Horrigan Inc. blog for many more blogs on repairs, installation, and maintenance!