The Good Karma of Instant Curb Appeal
When you buy a home with the intention of fixing it up to realize the full value you have to make choices about how much work you should do yourself. You need to proceed based on a plan and there are a few things that you can do to make the most impact as rapidly as possible.
After all, if you intend to stay you need to make it look homey and presentable when the in-laws arrive to inspect (always sooner than you would like). If you are hoping to flip it for a quick profit then you want it to be presentable pronto for possible buyers.
There is one principle in DIY rehabilitation that will help you get there and keep the stress manageable too. You should work from the front to the back of the property to first get the curb appeal pumped up. You should get going by clearing up the front and start working your way to the back.
Preparation By Demolition
Get the demolition and clear-out out of the way as a preamble to the main event. Any project like fixing up a home will require a little bit of planning or a lot and you will get much further faster with a clear site and a simple plan. That is why it is a great idea to base that plan o the principle of starting at the curb and working your way back.
That is not to say that you can do this without some preparation. Before you start at the curb you will need to take care of all of the demolition and junk removal. Get the heavy, dirty moving and smashing out of the way and then you are clear to push to the back fence.
Planning Is Everything
Even before you commit to buying a fixer-upper you should have a plan of action. That is the only way that you can have enough information about what it will cost and how long it will take. You definitely need that for your own estimates and most likely your bank will want to know what you intend to do as well.
So, to avoid becoming overwhelmed at the thought of turning the neighborhood dump into the envy of the block, get a plan and make it simple. For residential property rehabilitation demolish dismantle and remove all of the junk. Once it is cleared out start at the curb at the front and work your way through the home and out to the rear boundary, creating charm and sparkle as you go.