Priorities for Renovating Your Home

Home renovations are long and arduous, and that’s why a lot of people put them off, opting instead to focus on the surface-level aesthetics until the larger renovations become unavoidable. When this happens, it can be hard to know where to begin; more so if you’re going to be doing a full-house upgrade. There are so many factors to consider when you decide to renovate your home, and if you’ve never done it before, knowing what to prioritize is often easier said than done.

To help you with your renovation and get you enjoying your house as quickly as possible, here are some top tips for how to prioritize certain aspects of your upgrade project. Taking these tips on board should minimize disruption and make the process less stressful, though you do need to be aware that no matter how you go about things, unforeseen bumps will always crop up.

If this does happen, you need to deal with them on an as-and-when basis, but do still try and stick to the priority list below to make the process as smooth as possible.

1. Improving security

Firstly, you need to secure your property. This is important for both project houses that haven’t been lived in yet, and even more so for a house that you do already live in and that contains all your worldly possessions. Improving security can take multiple forms, with the most obvious being looking at windows and doors.

Technology has moved on a lot in recent decades, with both doors and windows now coming with multiple locks and safety features as standard. If your windows and doors are outdates, prioritize replacing them. This will keep the contents of your property safe, and it will allow you to focus on the aesthetics later on without worrying out a messy task that is still to come.

2. Maintaining power

Next, you need to ensure your power supply is up to date and safe. It’s recommended that houses get re-wired every 20-30 years in keeping with safety best practices, so this should be near the top of your list. Getting your power supply sorted early on also means that you’ll be able to commence with other aspects of your renovation with minimal disruption due to things like faulty wiring or a blown fuse.

3. Installing plumbing

Electricals and plumbing tend to go hand in hand, so whilst you’re looking at the wiring, get a plumber out to check out your pipework, too. This is along the same lines as ensuring your electrics are in good working order in the sense that you’ll be able to focus on the aesthetics rather than the boring bits, (though it’s important to note that if the bones of your house aren’t addressed, you won’t be able to move on to the nicer, decorative parts of your renovation).

4. Essential livable rooms

Our final tip for prioritizing your home renovation is to focus on the essential livable rooms. This means putting your energy into getting the kitchen and bathrooms sorted, as well as a utility room if you have one. You might be tempted to do the living room and bedrooms first, but the reality is, if your bathroom and kitchen aren’t in working order, you’ll struggle to live in your house during the rest of the renovation process, and this means either spending longer living in someone else’s house or spending more money on temporary rented accommodation.


There is no right or wrong way to go about completing a house renovation, but these tips should help make the process a little bit smoother and more sensical.