When you buy a fixer-upper, you know that you have a lot of work ahead of you, but sometimes deciding what to do first can be a problem. Prioritizing some major renovations can help you to make the home as beautiful and useful as possible while avoiding major problems down the way. Here are a few of the main renovations you should make sure to take care of in your fixer-upper.

Major Home Renovations You Need to Give a Fixer-Upper: Foundation Repair

No home can be truly safe and usable without a strong foundation to keep things standing for years to come. Making sure that you repair your foundation will ensure that your home will be as great as it can be and that you can extend the life as much as possible. Sometimes when people work on their fixer-upper, they focus on the cosmetic changes that need to happen, but the foundation should always be the priority. The foundation can lead to a lot of problems in your home if you don’t take care of it early and ensure that it is in good shape before you start on your other renovations.


Making sure that your new fixer-upper is watertight is another important part of the renovation process. Water can lead to all kinds of damage, so thoroughly waterproofing can help you to prevent many problems. Most techniques focus on interior waterproofing your home. The areas around windows and doors are especially susceptible to water damage, so those are great places to start with your waterproofing. Choosing to waterproof early can save you a lot of trouble later.

Major Home Renovations You Need to Give a Fixer-Upper: Kitchen Upgrades

When you are remodeling a fixer-upper, you want to get the most value and use out of your renovation choices. Your kitchen is a great place to make big changes and add to the value of your home. Updates can help your kitchen look better, and slightly altering the footprint or adding storage can help make the kitchen more usable. When you design your kitchen remodel, think about how the kitchen can be used and how you can maximize the light and space in the best possible way. Whether the kitchen is big or small, it is a great place to start so your home can feel more functional and beautiful. 

When you buy a fixer-upper, there’s a lot you can do to make it look its best. Making the most out of your fixer-upper can help you to create a long-lasting space that you love.

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