What are structural needs vs cosmetic needs?
The priorities with any home restoration project have to be driven by the practical needs of the structure. Before you even begin to think about restoring the appearance of the building, the structural needs have to be met. This means making sure that the foundations, support walls, roof and drainage system are all up to code and functioning properly. It can be easy to overlook a structural need in the overwhelming reality of the total needs and cost of a home restoration project which is why it is essential that you have a professional look over your initial list to see if you have left anything off. Don’t rely on Internet advice only, call and talk to a professional who does these types of projects for a living.
Stopping damage from continuing first
Another important consideration when planning the priorities of a home restoration project is that stopping damage from continuing to occur is a must. This may mean that the roof has to come before the porch, or that the plumbing needs to be addressed before the electrical. This may not be the most convenient news to hear because all of these parts of the typical home restoration project are the more expensive ones to resolve. It is to your advantage to make sure that any restoration that will stop damage from continuing to occur is done first or the cost could be even worse in the future. It is a good idea, if you need to take care of a high cost item like the roof first, that you come up with a companion list of affordable DIY tasks you can do as well to make sure that you stay feeling as if your home restoration project is moving forward.
Planning for cosmetic restorations
When you are planning out the cosmetic aspect of your home restoration project it needs to be clearly split into two different areas – the tasks for professionals and the ones you can do yourself. Don’t assume that all the painting is something you want to take on. Depending on the age of the restoration, you may be better off having a professional do something like this. Also, while it may appear that doing things yourself will save you money – it may not in the long run. Make sure you place a value on your time and account for any machinery or special equipment you would have to rent or buy to do the job to see if DIY is really a good idea. Most often, hiring someone whose business it is to do home restoration is the more cost effective way to get things done.