Sequence in which to perform repairs and upgrades
We are first time home buyers, and have just entered into a contract to purchase a home. This is a somewhat old home, and needs a new roof in a couple of years. We would also like to insulate the house better in order to reduce energy costs. Moreover, the windows are currently single pane and we want to replace them with double pane windows. We would also be interested in adding solar panels and, if feasible, a solar water heater.
Besides the above, we would also like to refresh the kitchen. We are unsure if we need a full remodel or simply updating the counters, cabinets, and appliances will suffice.
I have a few questions:
- Is it advisable to first move into the house and then perform the repairs or should we try to fix as many things as possible before we move in? (We are currently renting, and we have around 2 more months before the lease expires)
- In what sequence should the repairs/upgrades be carried out, assuming that sufficient funds are available?
Thanks in advance for your inputs.