It is always exciting when we purchase our first home. It is generally small or rather old and mostly a fixer upper. At first it seems like a little paint and a few minor repairs are all that are needed. For the first year or two that may be true but then those old pipes begin to become annoying with the constant repairs. The once perfect size is becoming rather cramped and the bathroom and kitchen are so old fashioned or out dated and in desperate need of a change.
The one question that every home owner has on their mind is which home improvement should have priority? Obviously, every homeowner desires to begin with making the changes that count. It is always best to begin with the upgrades that will increase the value of your home. The first should be to make sure that all the plumbing and electrical are up to date and in proper working order. Make sure that the functions of the home are in top shape before moving on to the aesthetics of the home. Having a heating/cooling system that works properly and efficiently as well as closing up any drafts or leaks to help conserve on energy costs by weatherizing your home.
Making changes that count the first priority on the list will save you plenty of money in the long run by lowering energy costs and eliminating the constant expenditures on repairs that can dollar you to the poor house. Once the home is functioning properly as a home then it is time to consider what should be done next. When making changes that count it is important to determine which home improvement will both give the biggest increase in value as well as your own personal needs. Keep in mind when it comes to the kitchen and the bathroom, if you have mold or other health issues to address this will take a higher priority than a room addition. You want to keep you and your family safe and healthy.
If you find that more room is more important than giving your bathroom or kitchen a new face lift than of course it would always be a great idea to add a room. Adding an extra bedroom will give you more of an increase in property value than an enclosed porch. Choosing your room addition wisely is a very important part of making changes that count. Always remember that any changes you make to your home should always increase the value of your home while making your environment better for living. After all, it is called Home Improvement for a reason. It is always a great idea to think about what your house needs most and what changes will yield the most value before doing any costly changes to your home.
If you are not sure what your home needs the most consider consulting with your local General Contractor for professional advice. When you want to improve your home it is important to always start by making changes that count.