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I see you posted this question quite a while ago. This topic is so relevant however, that I'd still like to respond.
In my opinion you want to start with the Kitchen. The kitchen on average offers the greatest payback. Next up bathrooms and then floors. I believe that great kitchens sell homes. Did you know that up to 70% of buyers are willing to pay more for a great kitchen? ( Read more about remodeling your kitchen here: http://jaleesapeluso.com/2014/05/30/2014-beautiful-kitchen-d )
Yet this really depends on your motivation. Are you planning on living here for a long time or selling soon? If you never cook, but spend a lot of time taking baths, you might want to just remodel the bathrooms first. If you are going to sell, you might want to start with the kitchen.
A good contractor can also help you with some of these questions and give you ideas for what you might want to tackle first.
Have a great day,
Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway Laguna Beach
Well you would want to use a logical process to replace things first that will not impact other work. For example you would not want to get a new carpet or floor and then have contractors going across it with dirty and heavy items when tearing out the kitchen or bath. The contractors can usually recommend a good process list.
If selling, then you really need to analyze the sales price of similar homes first, see if you can even realistically recoup the cost.
This being said, older homes tend to get cluttered and dirty over time. I'd suggest you take an objective look at the house (maybe get friends/family opinions) and work to declutter, de-personalize (i.e. take down all personal artifacts from the walls, etc) and maybe apply a fresh coat of paint. Sometimes just the little things like this make all the difference. You really can modernize without spending too much money.
You may also think about staging the home, there are some surprising facts about homes that are properly staged: http://www.liveinnewport.com/2014/03/26/staging-your-newport
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It really depends on your motivation for doing so. Are you remodeling to sell or to make your living experience better? Whatever the motivation, the flooring should be the last thing you do as you'll want to set the kitchen / bathroom appliances and cabinets on top of the new floors. If you change fixtures later, the floors won't need to be redone.
I think a kitchen is most important because it gets the most use, is the most visible and it's the social hub of the home.
Hope that helps!
Best of luck...
I guess it all depends on why you are upgrading. If you are considering selling your home, the value should be considered carefully and weighed against cost. Kitchens are the number one room that sell
homes and should be updated first but in this market it would be hard to recoup the cost. Many of my past sellers have put money in areas that really don't help the value and wonder why they get lower offers than they'd like. My husbands a general contractor and we have many referral contractors we like. Please let me know if you'd like me to refer someone who does kitchens and baths. He does not do interior remodels, only exterior hardscape, concrete, bbq's etc. so we do not benefit in any way giving you these contacts.
I hope this helps! Good luck with your project.
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Take a look at the Cost vs Value report for 2007 http://www.costvsvalue.com/index.html to get an idea of which remodeling project has the highest payback. This is merely a guide.....
Kitchen is a top priority in most situations....this will also be the most challenging because you'll have the most items to change/choose: cabinets, counter tops, fixtures, appliances, etc.
Have fun with your projects!
If there is no damage occurring then do the Kitche first. It is the heart of the home. It is where laughter and food and togetherness occurs. It is the location in a home that people first go when they get home. Kitchens will almost always increase the value at least as much as you have spent, unless you don't consider the house, the character and the price range of the home. Be reasonable in choosing and set a budget and keep it.
This really depends on how much money you have to spend, who is doing the work (You) or a contractor, and what you home is currently appraised at? Why would you spend $70,000.00 on upgrades if you could only recover $10,000, if you sell? Let me know if you need further advise on upgrades as I just went through this process.
I would then turn my attention towards the bathrooms and save the floor for last. A new floor can get quite a bit of wear and tear on it while you are upgrading the other rooms, so I would definitely do that last.