49. Focus On The Areas Where You Spend The Most Time
A lot of people make the mistake of buying a fixer upper and wanting to do renovations immediately. This is probably because they see this on TV, and think that it’s a normal, logical thing to do. However, most people don’t have a huge budget to throw into renovations right away. Instead of doing makeovers immediately, live in the house for a few months first. As you go throughout your daily life, you will quickly realize which rooms you spend the most time in. When it’s time to go through with the renovations, start with the “heart of the home”. You’re going to get the most enjoyment out of that space immediately. This positive experience will also help motivate you to keep moving forward with the other rooms in the house.
In the beginning, you want to completely avoid renovating the rooms that are barely touched. For example, a lot of people almost never spend any time in their formal dining room. It’s usually set up for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and left untouched the rest of the year. Most people prefer to cook and eat in their kitchen, because it’s a lot more casual. So, in this scenario, would it make sense to pay for a dining room makeover in the first year of owning the house? Of course not. You’d do the kitchen first, and then maybe get to the dining room a few years down the line. Just by reading this, you might already know exactly which rooms in your house fall into those categories of priority and secondary projects.