Have you recently purchased your first home? It is so exciting to leave the world of apartment living and rentals and become a homeowner. Once you have finally gotten everything moved and you are settled in, it is fun to start making the space the way you want. Have you made a list of improvement projects that you want to start on? It’s important that you set up a budget before you begin so that you don’t get halfway through a task and find that you don’t have the money to finish it. For instance, if you’ve decided to redo your master bathroom, you are going to need to have money set aside to pay the plumbers when they come to install your new toilets, shower heads and faucets.
It is a good idea to estimate the cost of each phase of the project and then start saving money in an account so that you can get through the project quickly and have the least amount of disruption to your life as possible. It is no fun to have to live for months and months in a house that is torn apart. Even if you think your living room carpet is the most hideous color you’ve ever seen, it is better to refrain from tearing it out until you are ready to begin renovations than to walk around on subflooring for weeks on end.
You may find it more affordable to redo one room at a time. This way, you can save money for a while and then do a project. You also get a rest from the mess while you are saving for the next project. It may be that you decide to start a major renovation of you whole home at once. Just make sure that if you do this, you will have at least one bathroom functioning for the family to use and also a way to prepare food.
When you get the plumbers to do installations in your bathroom, ask them for advice on ways to conserve water and extend the life of your fixtures. Even if you have old toilets that still function well, they will probably advise you to get new, low-flow models. Where the old ones took 3.5 gallons of water to flush, the new models only use 1.6. Additionally, there is another model that uses only 0.9 gallons to flush liquid waste but then uses 1.6 for solid waste.
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