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If you have an older home, you may have a laundry list of remodeling projects that you would like to conquer. We all desire to transform our homes into something that showcases our style and personality. So, what is the best way to determine which projects should come first?

  1. Safety first
  2. Exterior evaluation, the exterior is what protects the interior…
  3. Statement elements that could increase the value of your home

RemodelingHGTV did an article on the top 25 biggest renovating mistakes that people make. These include ignoring prep work, skimping on safety and not being realistic when it comes to setting your budget. There are many components that go into home renovation, including proper measurements for installing walls, windows, furniture, etc., choosing the right replacement windows, forgetting to update the electrical system and even choosing the wrong paint type.

It’s important not to leap in head first and end up making one or more of these mistakes. It takes careful planning, shopping around and number crunching to ensure you are approaching your project in the most strategic way. Once you have figured out how you will fund your renovation as well as decided which projects to have done professionally versus what you plan to tackle yourself, it’s time to get started.

Managing the roof, siding, windows and foundation first is important for two very simple and important reasons – to make sure the house doesn’t collapse on top of you and to protect the inside from the elements. You wouldn’t want any of your interior remodeling to suffer at the expense of your exterior failing. These are the 4 components that hold the house up and provide shelter. You’ll need to secure the foundation, make any major structural repairs, repair or replace the roof and focus on home window replacement for damaged or outdated windows.

RemodelingThe process of buying replacement windows and having them installed is a big project, but hopefully you’ll only have to experience it this one time! The first step is meeting with a dealer to receive an accurate in-home estimate. The dealer will show you product samples, take detailed measurements of your windows, help you select the right product for your home and for your budget and explain the installation process and answer any questions you have. Then you will receive your quote for replacement window costs. You can get an idea of the cost of replacing home windows in 2015 here. Windows are a statement element that could potentially increase the value of your home.


Once you have taken care of these first steps – windows, foundation, roof and siding – it is time to move on to the rest of your remodeling project. Whether that be remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, purchasing new doors, or installing new flooring, now that you have a good and solid foundation for your home you can tackle your remaining projects. Just keep those 25 mistakes in mind and avoid making one of them!

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