Tips for Living in a Fixer-Upper

While living in a house while you’re working on your fixer-upper seems like the perfect situation, it is not always an opportunity. Many people who choose to fix-up their house have to live in the house while they are renovating. While it can be overwhelming, stressful, and annoying to live in your fixer-upper, there are ways you can make the best of your situation. So, here are five tips to help you live in a fixer-upper.

1.) Prioritize

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Before you start renovating, it’s important to create a list of everything that needs to be done. Once you have compiled a list, you need to decide what the most important projects are. Of course, ensuring that the structural, foundation, plumbing and electrical aspects of the house are in the utmost shape is the most important project. But, when it’s time to focus on the interior aspect of your house, the flooring should be the first thing you focus on. Once you have stable and aesthetically pleasing flooring, you will be able to efficiently move objects and furniture, and walk safely around your home. Overall, use common sense when prioritizing what projects to do first. After all, it doesn’t make sense to paint the intricate designs you want in your living room when your floors are cracked and unsafe to walk on.

2.) Don’t take on too many projects at once

You will go insane if you try to renovate the whole house at once. Instead of trying to fix the bigger picture, look at the smaller aspects. Focus on one room, or a general aspect of the house, such as lighting. A good rule of thumb is to have every adult involved in the renovation to choose a project and work on it.

3.) Clean up before moving on

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When you’re fixing up a home it can be easy to lose track of time. Before you know it, 3am rolls around and you are still sweeping and painting even though you have to get up at 8am. While it can be tempting to drop the objects on the floor and jump into bed without cleaning up, you will be putting extra stress on your life. You would be surprised of how short it takes to clean up. Most of the time, it takes around five minutes to put everything away. Spending the extra five minutes cleaning up will make you feel accomplished. It will also help you feel motivated the next day to resume your project.

4.) Make a space livable

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People typically choose to focus on the open spaces in their home first. In other words, a kitchen and living room will most likely be renovated before the master bedroom and bathroom is. But, while you’re renovating your kitchen and living room, you shouldn’t completely neglect your bedroom and bathroom. Put the necessary objects and furniture in your bedroom to make it feel cozy and livable. Even though you will most likely have to move, or even replace, those objects when you begin to renovate your room, the comfortable and livable feeling will be worth it.

5.) Don’t let your fixer-upper consume your life

A lot of time, people think that the faster they work on their fixer-upper, the faster it will be finished. But, this isn’t always the case. When you jump from project to project, you leave room for mistakes and completing projects in a way that might cause damages or problems in the future. Not only is rushing through your renovation a bad idea for durability reasons, but it’s unhealthy to have it consume your life. It’s important to hang out with friends and family during your renovation. Set aside a few times in the week where you can leave your fixer-upper behind and have fun. Even if you sit on the couch and watch Netflix, you will be happy you stopped working.