Tackle that To-Do List
If you’re like most people, you have a long list of projects
that need to be completed as well as a job, a family, friends,
and a life to manage. What is the most effective way to
manage your to-do list? A few questions will help shed
light on what needs to get done and when:
Will the project add value to your home?
There are many proven home improvement
projects that are known to increase the value of
your home. See “Exterior Home Renovations that
Increase Home Value”.
What will it cost if I don’t complete the project?
Are your windows inefficient - increasing your
heating and air conditioning costs?
Is your siding insulated properly?
Is there water infiltration between the cracks of the
siding or shingles?
Are there any leaks in your roof causing rot and
Is your roof vented correctly?
Is your basement damp or do you see any visible
Will your insurance company pay a claim if there is
If your roof is past its intended life span and
not maintained – insurance may not pay.
What’s the risk if I don’t complete the project?
Is there anything dangerous on your property that
could hurt someone?
Is your walkway uneven causing a tripping
Are your stoops steps secure?
Is your driveway cracking?
Will completing the project give you joy?
When finally seeing your completed project, will
you feel pride in your choices?
Will the project provide you with the ability to enjoy
your home that was not possible before?
Can you create additional spaces in your home
that can be utilized for entertaining, relaxing,
Adding a patio will increase your ability to
enjoy your backyard.
An outdoor kitchen and bar is great for
Can you complete the project by yourself?
Do you have the knowledge and skill to complete
the project by yourself?
Do you have the correct tools for the job?
Do you have enough time to complete the job?
Do you have the financial resources required to
complete the job?
There are numerous financing options that are
available to homeowners if you decide not to use
available assets or you don’t have the required
funding at the time of purchase.
Are you talking to the right people required to take
If you decide that professionals are required to
complete your project, are you satisfied that the
contractor is capable of completing your project to
Does the contractor have the proper license to
complete the project?
Does the contractor have the proper insurance?
This is extremely important – ask your
contractor if they hold General Liability
Insurance with Labor Law Provisions.
Ask your contractor if they hold Workers
Make sure you receive insurance certificates
naming you as additionally insured.
Prioritize projects that;
You will enjoy while living in your home and increases
your comfort level
Decreases your stress level worrying about your home
Enhances the value of your home and creates a
positive return on your investment
Provides the basic living elements
A roof the doesn’t leak or is past it’s intended life
Windows that are efficient and keeps the cold out
A walkway that isn’t a tripping hazard
A basement that doesn’t leak
A driveway that is functional
A Basement egress to ensure your family’s safety
A safe deck