New home needs a ton of updating - where to start?

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Posted by: from Parma
1/8/2019 at 11:10:54 AM

I just purchased my first home that was built in 1949. The previous owner lives there her whole life and did very little updating. What are the most important things I focus on before I actually move in? Do I rip up carpet and redo floors before I got the bathroom, do I do the kitchen and wait on the hardwood floors question mar I just purchased my first home that was built in 1949. The previous owner lived there her whole life and did very little updating. What are the most important things I focus on before I actually move in? Do I rip up carpet and redo floors before I gut the bathroom? Do I update tile and kitchen counters and wait on the hardwood floors?

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Date/Time1/8/2019 at 12:08:09 PM

Hello, The most important thing is to do is source a professional that can help you with both design and construction. Reason being that they would be able to help you get your wants on paper, as well as determine the cost of it so you can feel comfortable that you are still within your budget. Some important factors to think of prior to renovating and should be inspected. 1) Hydro and wiring, 2)Plumbing and 3) Heating and Air Conditioning. You would hate to get into a project and discover that all those items need to be replaced or adjusted and therefore straining or blowing the budget. If you like we are able to assist you with completing an inspection, reviewing your wish list, and determining the best plan of attack with a schedule that suites your timeline and budget.

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Date/Time1/8/2019 at 12:13:58 PM

Hi Parma, the first thing you need to know is the budget for your project. The second is what can you live with and what must go. Once you have determined that then the plan can be put in place to give you what you will be happy with. The average full bathroom reno is 15k. The average full kitchen reno is 30k. Remember those are average numbers..

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Brice from B&L Construction in Edmonton
Date/Time1/8/2019 at 12:16:51 PM

Hi Tricia

This is Brice Mattson with B&L Construction. Personally I'd do any demo work first, then do framing, then electrical/plumbing/Hvac

then drywalling

then kitchen cabinets/counter/bathroom

then painting

do the flooring last

hope this helps

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Gerard from Betterbuilt in Burlington
Date/Time1/8/2019 at 1:46:20 PM

Hi there...

Difficult question......depends on your own preferences, needs and financial situation.

In the winter, you work inside....



replace flooring one room at the time

In the spring you work on......


front yard

In the summer........

back deck



In the fall........back inside.......

rip-up more carpet and re-do flooring

trim and re-paint

clean-up garage

Next winter......

clean-up basement

Hope this helps and spreads-out the financial burden.

Unless you are independently rich and borrow $100,000.00 to do it all in 3 months

Hope this helps,


Gerard Schoeman


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Date/Time1/8/2019 at 2:12:31 PM


It would be a question of budget and functionality.

It would be much less displacement for you if the floors were done prior to putting new furniture in but depending on what your budget is, a plan should be drawn up to see what you can afford before moving in.

If all the updates you want done are completed before you move things in it would be the simplest way.


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Date/Time1/8/2019 at 5:48:00 PM

I would focus on electrical, HVAC and windows first.

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Date/Time1/9/2019 at 8:47:13 AM

First and foremost if I was you I wouldn't be looking up I trusted Pro Carpenter contractor to view your house and give you a rough quote for all your Renovations necessary. Your contractor can bring in his subcontractors to inspect all mechanical in the house Karma furnace HVAC Electrical Plumbing complete. Then you could explain to him your wish list and he can explain to you what is absolutely necessary. This is the best way to go about it so you can no what to expect for budget. He would then do all the gutting necessary for any and all mechanical as well as wall removal Etc. This is a fairly big undertaking and you need a professional in your corner I strongly advise again to look up a trusted pro professional to assist you with this. Jeff

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Date/Time1/9/2019 at 10:01:12 AM

It's all depend on your budget however safety is the most important part.....You have to make sure that all structure elements are sound, electrical & wires, plumbing, roof,... etc.

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