"Newbie" at self home renovations. Where should I start, flooring?

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  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Dec 09, 2017
    Flooring is pretty far down the list, Bonnie. See if you don't find this helpful:

  • FL FL on Dec 09, 2017
    Start with any project to correct any safety or health issues like replacing a carbon monoxide alarm or getting batteries into a smoke alarm. Make sure all doors and windows can and are locked. Make sure you have working hand rails for steps/stairs and make sure there are no broken steps/stairs.
    Next I would check outdoor lights, hall lights, night lights, etc. Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Have a First Aid kit on hand. Know how to turn off electricity, water and gas. Make extra house keys and stash them outside your house somewhere safe and hidden. Have clearly visible from the street house numbers for police, ambulance and fire services. Have emergency numbers next to every phone. Keep an emergency food and supplies box incase of power outages or weather emergencies. NOW start working on making the house attractive! LOL!

  • 27524803 27524803 on Dec 09, 2017
    First you need a PLAN... Decide what NEEDS to be done...things like a new roof, foundation, termite issues etc.
    And then decide what you WANT to be done, redo kitchen, bathrooms, etc.
    You also need to decide what style you want. DIYnetwork.com or HGTV.com or Pinterest.com can help you there.
    Everything depends on your budget, your knowledge and skill set, and your available time and the project timetable.
    HomeAdvisor.com and AngiesList.com are free referral services for contractors, plumbers, electricians, structural services, etc. They verify all of the people they refer, and contractors, etc. cannot pay to be put on the referral list.
    Shop, shop, shop... find what you like and shop online to see if you can get it cheaper. When we were putting in our kitchen... Home Depot and Lowe's wanted $2000 for an apron front, single basin, stainless steel kitchen sink. I found one online at Signature Hardware, for under $500 and that included shipping, and I had it in 10 days.
    IKEA is another source for great stuff.. they also have an online kitchen planning resource... that is a valuable tool... a trip to check it all out is worth it (unless you have to buy a plane ticket). Cabinets to Go is another source to check out, as is Floor and Decor
    Make a Plan... and start planning your renovations

  • EJ Bishop EJ Bishop on Dec 09, 2017
    If you are married I suggest hiring out the work. More expensive, but you are far less likely to end up smashing a hammer into the skull of your spouse- or fantasizing about doing so, anyway. -Eamon

  • Ann Ann on Dec 09, 2017
    Living room