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Old 02-28-2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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As my first post, I just want to start off and say thanks to the mods that run this board, it looks like there is a lot of good information here and it seems to be well run. I recently purchased my first home, and even though it's in great shape, many of the treatments are either outdated or even original (it's 1972 house). Sooo .... I am going to start planning out the work I want to do in order to have it move-in ready.

My plan? To complete the following for the bedrooms only ...

- Baseboard Trim
- Door Trim
- Paint (Walls and Trim)
- New interior doors
- Carpet

All before I move in, if possible. There will be some other things I'd like to do but those can be done later or after my move-in (i.e. crown, recessed cans, etc).

My question is, is the order of improvements I listed above, the IDEAL order in which to complete them? I'm a total novice at this, and have some professional help coming but I still want to make sure that I get it done in the right order.

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Old 02-28-2011, 11:42 AM   #2
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Good for you. Glad to see you're thinking first and acting logicly. As to the bedrooms, and other rooms, I would suggest starting with an empty room. I'm assuming you will want to replace carpets? Strip as much as you can from the room ... carpet, baseboards, closet doors, curtain rods, etc. Fill any holes or damaged drywall. Check the flooring for damage and squeaks. If the floor is making noise,add more screws to the areas and try to hit the floor joists. Next, do the painting. If you spill some, it won't damage the new carpet ... which isn't down yet, right? Now put down the underlay, (good quality) and carpet or whatever flooring you plan on using. Next are the base boards. At this point you may want a different style or size. Any "up-grade" is a benefit both in appewarance and resale value ... down the road. Last, re-install closet doors, rods, light fixtures, etc. Also, if you re-painted the ceiling, or re-textured, you may want to consider a new light fixture ... something you like ... chandeleir ... fan ...?
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I am about to re-carpet my bedrooms -3....am buying a storage 8x12 to store all the furniture then do the walls and then get the floor done. I am thinking of moving out my house for a month just for my comfort, i get very anxious when renovations are being done
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I am about to re-carpet my bedrooms -3....am buying a storage 8x12 to store all the furniture then do the walls and then get the floor done. I am thinking of moving out my house for a month just for my comfort, i get very anxious when renovations are being done
Doesn't sound like that should take a month? Maybe if I were over helping you it would, I move like molasses.
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how hard is it to replace the carpet myself...one of the big box stores is offering free install if you get the carpet and pad.
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over 600.00 for 2 small rooms of carpet.....not a rich person.......is there a better route to take
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over 600.00 for 2 small rooms of carpet.....not a rich person.......is there a better route to take
Put down laminate, or engineered hardwood. I like WWW.lumberliquidators.com. they have good products, and decent prices. I bet you could go that route.
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Nice post as well as information. Just like every option when doing a home improvement, there is usually a solution for any budget. If you have impeccable taste and a great sense of style, then you are blessed a lot more than most homeowners, and half the battle won.

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