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Angie’s List: Home improvement assessment that you need to do for the new year

As many of us resolve to make improvements this year, it’s a good time to take an inventory of...
As many of us resolve to make improvements this year, it’s a good time to take an inventory of the things around your home that will need work in 2019.(Frank Espich | Angie's List)
Published: Jan. 2, 2019 at 3:13 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As many of us resolve to make improvements this year, it’s a good time to think about your home, too. When assessing what changes to make to your home this year, some improvements will be your choice. However, some are necessary, like repairing big problems you uncover in your new house. Knowing which projects to tackle first is a daunting task for any homeowner. To plan for improvements around your home, it helps to have a system to guide your strategy, whether your home is new or just new to you. Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks recommends walking around your house, just like you’re getting ready to buy it, because that’s when you’re going to be most critical. Write down everything you see and don’t worry about budget just yet. Next, group your list according to structural, mechanical, maintenance and improvement. Then, lay your budget against it, starting with structural first. With a system in mind and your priorities set, planning for the unexpected is a little less daunting. This will help you see how far your budget will go and avoid surprises. It’ll tell you whether that dream landscape job will be on your list for 2019, or whether it’s going to be a new roof instead.

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