A remodel job that has turned out to be alot more than origanlly thoug

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We moved into a old house as a remodel. Any suggestions? We haven't even gotten started yet.
Because of the repair bills 😣
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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jan 01, 2018
    Do you have a direction in mind? I'd start by making a list of all the things around the house you want to tackle. Repairs, what to paint, what to replace. That will help make the remodel less overwhelming.

  • Erin Hugar Chavez Erin Hugar Chavez on Jan 01, 2018
    I agree with Shoshana! I hate the feeling when I really WANT to get started; but costs is standing in my way. If I were you, I would fix urgent things that needed done - like leaky plumbing, missing light switch covers, etc. and then I would paint. Paint changes everything!

    If you have a bigger budget than that though, I would start from the floor and slowly move up as money allowed. Unless you have popcorn ceilings and you want to redo those. Then I'd start with the ceiling. :)

    Good luck and have fun! I love these kinds of projects!

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jan 01, 2018
    I gutted to the studs on my house. I bought one for almost nothing knowing it needed a lot of work. First thing I did was make a list room by room of what needed to be done. For each item on this list make 3 columns. 1 for Rating of importance. 1 for order of importance. 1 column for "I can do this". Post your list on a wall. Leave room on your list to make comments, notes or changes. While looking at this list you will be able to get a better picture which rooms need the most attention and which need to be done ASAP. Your ratings of importance may not change but your order and I can do this may. When getting estimates for things you can not tackle yourself make sure the contractor gives you full detail of the job. You may find you can save some money by doing some of that work. Also keep in mind during a remodel certain rooms need to be completed quickly and some are "whenevers" Kitchens and bathrooms are usually the first to be tackled as these rooms are essential for day to day living. Make sure to plan out your time too. For instance changing out a toilet will take a few hours and must be done in 1 shot unless you have more than 1 bathroom. Try not to be discouraged but also remember sometimes there are hidden items you may come across that need attention right away. So try not to tackle to many things at once. Try not to be over stressed or over whelmed when making decisions. Remodels can take time be patient. Do what you can when you can. Eventually it will get done.

  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Jan 01, 2018
    And don't rush it.

  • Kimberly Montgomery Kimberly Montgomery on Jan 01, 2018
    If you have made the necessary, high-cost repairs like I believe you were getting at with your repairs comment above, I would do a room by room list of what needs done. Then, paint is the cheapest, fastest way to see progress. So, pick a color and do one room up. Hopefully you will be able to save up the money during that process to do the next step in that room. If not, go to paint in the next room. Area rugs are a good way to go until you can afford the flooring you desire. Take it slow and steady.

  • Jen Jen on Jan 01, 2018
    I started on our 1923 Craftsman by making a list! It was pages long......Basically started in the basement writing things down that I wanted to do and all the way to a roof. Then outside on landscaping. That "list" stayed on the fridge for 8 years..slowly but surely checking off things as we could. Always take before and after pics as well. SOmetimes frustrating...you think things havent changed..then you go back and realize just how much you have really done looking at the list and pictures. The day my lift was done.......we listed the house and moved! At least the new owners can enjoy it.

  • Jodie Woods Jodie Woods on Jan 06, 2018
    We were in the same predicament. First the ac (there was none), then the septic system, then the boiler and so on. The cost was horrific! Now everything was functional but ugly. When we made a “recovery” we decided not to do anything we didn’t have to do and decided to start in the function rooms. Thankfully we have 2 bathrooms (but no master bath) so while we utilized the guest bath while we did the main bath. It wasn’t our dream of a bathroom but far prettier and much more comfortable. Next was the guest bath then the kitchen. That took care of all of the busiest rooms. The next rooms come in line for what we need/want done most. For us it’s the family great room in the basement. It’s tremendous and will give us a place to lounge and watch TV, sleep and etc., while we get our formal great room, hallway & master bedroom done. Basically, it’s all paint, new floors, new hardware and some new furnishing. As low cost as possible. The main trick is not getting ahead of yourselves and starting another room before you’re finished with the present one. It’s hard to do but you’ll find yourself saving money toward the next project - we did! Good luck! 😊