Are you doing the renovation your home needs the most?

Are you doing the renovation your home needs the most?

I was watching one of the first episodes of the new HGTV shows, Leave It to Bryan, where a couple invites Bryan Baeumler, General Contractor &  TV Host, into their home to show him what room they Bryan & his crew to renovate.  What they didn’t realize was that Bryan got to decide which room he thought needed renovating the most.  The unsuspecting couple showed him around but focused on the kitchen because that’s the room they wanted done.  Once they found out that Bryan got the final say, the couple left hesitantly but were confident that Bryan would pick the kitchen.  After all, wasn’t that the obvious choice?

They came back the next day shocked to find that Bryan had started on the basement.  He had noticed water damage in the basement and felt that this was the higher priority.  When the crew opened up the walls, they found a major mildew issue, so much so, that the crew stopped all work immediately, concealed the area, and brought in experts on handling mildew.mildew-bathroom

This is an extreme example of what can happen if we ignore warning signs in our home but I think we all have the ability to put off a roof repair or a moisture issue for a year or two in favour of the fancy renovation that will ooh & ahh our friends. And if we were a little honest, we probably all have put a leaky faucet on hold for a little while in order to buy that stunning chandelier or that new piece of furniture that we really wanted.  But putting off that leaky faucet in the bathroom for example, can create a real nightmare if left unattended.

Now that we still have a couple of months of winter left before the spring hits, take the time to take a clipboard and walk around each room noting all small & big repairs that need to be done.  Prioritize which is the most important to do (not necessarily the easiest) and tackle them one by one.  Putting off small repairs can become very costly if they are not attended to in due time.

And yes, the couple in Bryan’s show was very happy with the end result !



Debi Collinson is a Designer, Stager & Renovator. For over 10 years she has been helping clients make their home stunning. She has staged over 75  homes helping clients make money beyond their expectations. She has bought several “fixer uppers” and either flipped them for a healthy profit or turned them into profitable rental properties. Come follow her as she shares her tips & secrets along the way.

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