The first question seems relatively easy to answer,
however, it really isn’t. Are you looking to just make your house reflect more
of your taste? Or are you looking to move and what your home to bring more
money when you sell it? These are entirely two different types of home
improvements. For example, if you just want to reflect your tastes, then feel
free to paint the walls a wild color that will scream individuality, or make
the bathroom your own personal escape area.
However, if you want to sell the house faster and for
more money then you will need to lay off those personal touches and go with
something that is easy for others to work with. For example, beige walls and
bathrooms that are elegant yet simple. No one wants to buy a house that is decorated
and catered to one person, unless they have the same exact same taste, and that
is hard to come by.
Once you have made the distinction between what it is
that you want. You can then prepare a list that will fall into one of three
categories. First, things that you must have to improve the home. These are
going to be things like a new bath tub if your old one is leaking water onto
the floor. Second, things you would like to have. For example, most people
would like to have the garden bath tub, but settle for the regular bath tub.
The last area is dreams that may come true, for example, if you have always
dreamed of having a kitchen that professional chefs would die for, then this
idea falls into this area.
Once you know what you would like to do. Then, it is
time to make a budget. How much can you afford? Are you willing to take out a
loan to do these home improvements? Once you know the amount then you must pick
and choose the projects from your list, beginning with the area of things that
need to be done.