I’d love to do some things in my home, but I don’t know where to start. I know what I like, but I get very overwhelmed. Every part of my home seems to need to be redone. My house is a small 70’s, 3 bedroom L ranch with a finished basement and nothing has been done since we had our kids and now they are teenagers! Thanks for your help – Cheryl
You are not alone! But if you take it step by step, you will make progress. First make a plan (of priorities) and then a plan (floor plan, that is). Look at your rooms and see how they meet your current needs. Remember your old living room can now be a den and your kitchen (I’m assuming it was never redone) can now be open to a casual dining room with a center island dividing the kitchen/dining room if you remove the wall between. If this plan works for you, get some estimates for removing the wall and getting new cabinets (and perhaps new appliances). They will be your major expenses. Your existing furniture can be used as placeholders and you can purchase new when money is available. If you don’t mind putting some “sweat equity” in the mix, you and your family can repaint the space for a great spruce up. If finding the money to do your largest project is difficult, perhaps a home improvement loan or line of credit might be arranged, especially if there’s not much left on your mortgage.
My advice, if you’re overwhelmed, is to bite the bullet and get assistance with the largest project first. If you spend money in dribs and drabs when you have it for smaller changes, you might never get to the one that will make a really big difference and add value to your home now and when you decide to sell. I know you won’t believe this – but once you begin to tackle the hardest project first, your confidence will soar and you will look forward to the next one and be willing to wait for it to happen. Good luck and remember how important your home is to your family. Positive changes in it affects everyone, so go for it and don’t be afraid! Professional help is always there if you need it.