If you’ve bought a fixer-upper recently, you know you have quite the project on your hands. Whether you choose to make it your primary residence and live there yourself or you decide to fix it up (either to rent or sell), you have to take steps to make your new fixer-upper more livable. But where to start?
How to Make Your New Fixer-Upper More Livable: Bring Light In
Many homes today are built to allow plenty of natural light into the home. That wasn’t always the case though. If your new fixer-upper doesn’t let much natural light in, consider a remodel that brings more light into the home.
Natural light offers multiple benefits that will make the property feel more livable. Pay attention to the artificial lighting as well. Natural lighting is great during the day, but it won’t do anything for those living there after the sun has gone down.
Add Curb Appeal
Some fixer-upper homes are easy to spot because it’s been a while since the exterior has had any real attention given to it. Taking steps to boost the property’s curb appeal can make it more inviting. Adding simple features like a welcome mat or a new mailbox can improve your curb appeal.
Devoting some time and attention to yard maintenance (or hiring pros to handle it for you) can also go a long way. While you’re at it, check on your outdoor lighting, walkways, and driveway. When these things are in good condition, it makes your property that much safer.
How to Make Your New Fixer-Upper More Livable: Focus on Bigger Projects First
Are there significant problems in your fixer-upper? Things like electrical wiring, plumbing, doors and windows, and structural elements are integral to having a livable house. If there are problems in these or other major areas of the house, focus on fixing them first. Think carefully about whether you should DIY these projects or hire a pro. DIY could save you money, but only if you know how to do the job correctly and safely. Otherwise, it’s better to bite the bullet and shell out the money for a professional fix.
Hopefully, you had an idea of what you were getting into when you bought your fixer-upper. Assuming that was the case, you may have gone into things with an idea of how to make the house more livable. If not, take stock of the problems and write them out. Making a list can make it easier to figure out what to prioritize and where to start. Once you know that, you’ll be well on your way to getting your new fixer-upper all fixed up.
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