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shanaling

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Home improvement - order of importance
« on: December 31, 2023, 08:08:46 PM »
How would you rank these from most to least important? Letís say they are all in poor shape unless otherwise stated. Built in 1949 in Southern California, probably partially renovated ~30 years ago

1. Roof replacement
2. Attic insulation
3. Stucco siding replacement
4. Garage door replacement
5. Garage floor epoxy (currently linoleum)
6. Kitchen
7. Bathroom
8. Windows (decent condition relatively, dual pane from 80s)
9. Front yard landscaping (decent but garden bed is elevated and touching stucco wall. Moisture issues?)
10. Backyard landscaping
« Last Edit: December 31, 2023, 08:10:38 PM by shanaling »

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Re: Home improvement - order of importance
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2024, 12:21:11 AM »
0. Electricity - if it's wired wrongly, house fires can start

Fix problems and uncover issues

1. Stucco siding replacement
2. Minimal Front yard landscaping (decent but garden bed is elevated and touching stucco wall. Moisture issues?)

Fix problems and Reduce energy costs - should be done together

3. Attic insulation
4. Roof replacement

Reduce energy costs

5. Windows (decent condition relatively, dual pane from 80s)
6. Garage floor epoxy (currently linoleum)
7. Garage door replacement

Can easily wait a few years

8. Backyard landscaping
9. Kitchen
10. Bathroom
« Last Edit: January 01, 2024, 12:30:33 AM by deborah »

shanaling

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Re: Home improvement - order of importance
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2024, 01:38:47 AM »
Thank you!

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Re: Home improvement - order of importance
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2024, 08:17:52 AM »
It's hard to tell without really knowing how bad any particular issue is.  Not knowing anything, I would place new roof first.  Is the roof leaking or is it just mildew stained?

Otherwise, the order given by Deborah makes sense--- fix problems and uncover issues, then reduce energy costs, then look at those things that are mostly aesthetic.  However, you're not likely to know of any jacked up electrical issues unless you take a look in the attic or basement/crawlspace and see wires with connections hanging in midair or buy an electrical outlet tester that gives you the various indicators about it being grounded, gfci protected, etc.

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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2024, 12:20:28 PM »
The roof is critical. The others are discretionary or cosmetic.

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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2024, 03:20:52 PM »
Tip:  Check with your local utility to see if some of the costs of improving energy efficiency might be covered by rebates or discounts -- many utilities have such programs and they can really help with the costs of insulation/updating heating systems.

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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2024, 03:35:19 PM »
Tip:  Check with your local utility to see if some of the costs of improving energy efficiency might be covered by rebates or discounts -- many utilities have such programs and they can really help with the costs of insulation/updating heating systems.

Yep!

Here is LADWP: https://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/1867
CSU Northridge summary of various programs: https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/BROCHURE_EnergyBrochure_final.pdf

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Re: Home improvement - order of importance
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2024, 03:55:08 PM »
How would you rank these from most to least important? Letís say they are all in poor shape unless otherwise stated. Built in 1949 in Southern California, probably partially renovated ~30 years ago

1. Roof replacement
2. Attic insulation
3. Stucco siding replacement
4. Garage door replacement
5. Garage floor epoxy (currently linoleum)
6. Kitchen
7. Bathroom
8. Windows (decent condition relatively, dual pane from 80s)
9. Front yard landscaping (decent but garden bed is elevated and touching stucco wall. Moisture issues?)
10. Backyard landscaping

For the preservation of the structure, the most important are the roof, windows and doors, and siding. When repairing the siding get all the dirt and plants away from the building. Six inches minimum distance from siding to dirt is ideal. But don't do final landscaping yet because you will be tromping all over the yard working on siding.
You do the shell first so the interior is protected from the elements, obviously. Then move on to the inside, and finish with the landscaping.
If no one is living in the house you can do things like the kitchen and bath at the same time. Cabinets and countertops for both, plumber can do both bath and kitchen, etc.
I suppose you could still do this if someone is living in the house, but it's harder. Often when you are redoing a kitchen you will use the bathroom sink or shower for washing dishes, or utility room sink if you have one.

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Re: Home improvement - order of importance
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2024, 04:06:54 PM »
I chose the siding over the roof because he doesnít mention any roof leakage problems, and the siding could be hiding a lot of problems, particularly in the foundations, which should be done first. If he looks at the electrics he should notice hidden roof problems, and maybe move the roof up the list. The garage floor and the garage door should be done together to ensure that the door has a good seal.

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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2024, 08:24:57 PM »
What are your plans for the home?  Do you plan to live in it, rent it, or sell it? 


If you plan to live in it listen to the advice above.  If you're planning to rent or sell it begin with a paint job. 









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Re: Home improvement - order of importance
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2024, 09:07:30 PM »
I plan to live here for at least the next 15 years..

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Re: Home improvement - order of importance
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2024, 10:26:22 PM »
Tip:  Check with your local utility to see if some of the costs of improving energy efficiency might be covered by rebates or discounts -- many utilities have such programs and they can really help with the costs of insulation/updating heating systems.

Yep!

Here is LADWP: https://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/1867
CSU Northridge summary of various programs: https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/BROCHURE_EnergyBrochure_final.pdf


Thank you!