There’s no point in ignoring the economic struggles facing many new homeowners. Buying your first property has never been more difficult, which is why more and more people are turning to fixer-uppers. In truth, first-time buyers aren’t the only ones taking this route as it’s often the only viable way to get a home with the space you need.
When moving into a fixer-upper, it’s important to accept that the renovation will take months (maybe even years) to finish. With this in mind, it’s vital that you get your priorities in order by getting the most vital elements up to scratch immediately.
These jobs won’t complete the perfect transformation. But they will go a long way to making it feel like home, Let’s get to work.
#1. Focus On The Homely Essentials
It’s gonna be a long time before you get around to building that dream garden deck or luxury attic office. However, those big gestures aren’t overly important right now. The crucial factor is that the home boasts a sense of general comfort.
There’s nothing worse than being unable to complete daily tasks. Hiring an electrician to get those essential systems up and running throughout the home should be top of the list. Whether it’s fixing the lights to allow nighttime work, or getting your outlets working in the lounge doesn’t matter. Those simple pleasures will make a huge impact during these difficult moments.
If the roofing or windows need a little attention, it’s imperative that you complete these tasks also. Otherwise, your investment and your family will suffer.
#2. Make The Children Feel Comfortable
Dealing with the hassle of living in a glorified construction site isn’t easy. But if you think you’re finding it tough, try putting yourself in the shoes of your kids. They don’t quite understand the reasons for buying this house when you were previously renting or living in a seemingly better property. So the least you can do is provide a space for them to feel comfortable.
Redesigning a teenager’s bedroom brings many benefits. It will give them a place to play, complete homework, and shut themselves away from the issues throughout the home. Younger children will also benefit from similar tasks. However, it’s important to take their safety into account, so you might not want to leave them alone if other parts of the home are hazardous.
#3. Make The Home Feel Safe
As long as you work with diligence, you should be able to start building those homely vibes within a few weeks. However, there’s no greater comfort than feeling safe in your property. As far as the building is concerned, the gas and water systems are just as important as the roof and windows. Any survey should have picked up those issues anyway, but it doesn’t hurt to ensure they are in the best condition.
Aside from the hazards lurking throughout the property, you need to think about outside threats too. Adding CCTV surveillance and other security measures will keep your family protected. As well as providing peace of mind, it could save you a lot of financial hassle in the long run.