January is a great time to assess your home’s current state. Almost all homeowners have a running list of home projects in their mind. The real trick is getting them done! Are you ready? Let’s figure out what projects to accomplish—because it’s time to make your dreams a reality!


STEP ONE. First, go through each room or area of the house and list what needs to be done. This can include organizing, cleaning, decorating, remodeling, updating, painting, maintenance, or repairs. Create a hand-written list or create a spreadsheet to help you keep track of each project you’d like to complete. It can also help to ask yourself a few questions. Let’s brainstorm!


• Which areas of the home have repairs that need to be completed?

• Are there rooms that need decluttering?

• What areas just need some fresh paint and new décor?

• What part of your home would be more efficient if it were fixed up?

• Which spaces make you crazy?

• What one thing do you wish your home had?

• What rooms would you make over if you won money in a home makeover give-away?


STEP 2. Deciding what your priorities are is the next logical step. Which projects would be most beneficial to complete? Label each item as high, medium, or low priority. To help you decide what is most important, it’s a good idea to assess how long you plan on staying in your current home. Do you plan to stay 1, 3, 5, or 10 more years?

Some projects will make the most sense to complete if you plan to sell, such as decluttering, repairs, repainting, and making minor updates to freshen up the look of your home. Major remodeling projects need more assessment, as many will not recoup their value in a home sale. However, if you plan on living in your home for many years to come, a big project that will make you happier in your home could be worth it! As experts in home remodeling and home values, we’re happy to help with any questions you have at this point.


STEP 3. Next look at how long you believe each project will take. Don’t think about it too hard! Will it take a couple of hours, or a couple of days or weeks? Add this info to your paper list or spreadsheet.


STEP 4. Now that you’ve got a great list that is prioritized with time frames, you’re ready to choose which ideas and projects will become a reality. You’ll probably be able to complete lots of the shorter projects such as cleaning out closets, or painting a bedroom, but remember to limit the number of time-intensive projects you’ll complete this year.


STEP 5. Once you’ve chosen the projects you’ll complete this year, you can get started with research from your favorite stores and Pinterest to help you focus your energy. We recommend making Pinterest boards for your projects. It’s a great place to store and organize all your ideas! Remember that even the smallest project, like cleaning out your kitchen junk drawer can be improved when you find the perfect drawer organizer!


If you need help from a professional organizer, paint specialist, interior designer, contractor, or handyman to complete any projects you can visit our preferred vendors page {{ HERE }}. You can also contact Agents, Miles Rost or Nicole Laufenberg for information, recommendations, or a complimentary home valuation.



If you’re thinking of selling, touch base with Agents, Miles Rost or Nicole Laufenberg before diving into any big projects. We can advise you on exactly what will be worth your time and money. Connect with Miles by email or call us today! 913-451-4888

Looking for tips and ideas that will help sell your home? You can read more on our Seller Resources page, where we offer our best advice for homeowners considering placing their home on the market. {{ HERE }}