The improvement of our home, like ourselves, are on a continuous journey. Just like the goals we set for ourselves, sometimes the goals we set for our homes take time to accomplish. Establishing what you want for your home and being specific about the tasks will help you and your family plan and make the most of your home. If the goal is to host more outdoor gatherings then you may need to add deck or patio remodel, outdoor kitchen, landscaping to your list. If you are facing an impending change to your family like aging family members, expecting a baby or wanting to relocate, then your tasks may take on a different to-do list. Loving your home means putting in the time, money and planning to make sure you’re able to appreciate where you live.
The 1-year plan for your home
Goals to accomplish in the short term can be small or large projects. Just keep in mind that this shorter time frame doesn’t allow for certain types of planning, permitting and construction. It’s best to think of what projects you’d like to do before the next season begins, or which projects you’d like to see finished before next spring, for example.
Best projects to complete within 1 year:
– Organizational projects like closet renovations, pantry renovations, garage storage solutions
– New carpeting or flooring
– Tackling one-room projects like renovating a bathroom or refurbishing a bedroom
– Updating projects throughout the home such as new cover plates on electrical outlets, adding dimmers to lights, updating hardware on cabinetry, updating lighting fixtures, new coat of paint, etc.
The 3-year plan for your home
Three years is enough time to save money for mid to large-scale projects, find and hire the right professionals, file for permits and budget your projects appropriately. Yard and landscaping projects are great for the 3-year plan. It’s enough time to plan out the design, build structures, fill in with plants and see your landscape flourish.
Best projects to complete within 3 years:
– additions or remodeling projects
– outdoor structures or additions like swimming pools
The 5-year plan for your home
Five years is enough time to budget and save money for major projects, replacements or significant build-outs. This time space allows for finding the right professional for the job, applying for the appropriate permits, construction and recovery time. Major renovation projects can be done, like whole-floor remodels, or the design and completion of a new home. Aside from obvious large-scale projects, having a 5-year plan for your yard can also help you realize your goals. Constructing an arbor and establishing the plants to eventually cover and drape over the structure will take time. Your long-term plan will give you patience to allow for these projects to take place.
Best projects to complete within 5 years:
– New construction projects like new home construction
– Major remodeling and renovation projects like kitchens, additions, unfinished basements
– Renovating and updating a vintage home
– Design and create large-scale yard projects like arbors, fruit trees, hedges, and steep slope grading
– Renovating rooms for future changes in family planning such as expecting children or aging in place
– Repairs and maintenance to help sell the home
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