Projects and Home Improvements

We need a larger house. There are five of us and only about 1600 square feet. We are growing out of space.

This isn’t a bad thing in the least! This is our first home and has served us well for the past almost 9 years, but it’s time for an upgrade in more ways than one. But, the house needs some work.

We purchased our house knowing we would have some work to do. We jumped when we found a 4 bedroom house in Youngsville. But, as I said, it’s been almost 9 years and we are finally beginning to do the work because, well… life. Three kids take up a lot of time. Weekends are spent at the soccer field, birthday parties or just enjoying the little off time we have together.

Make a List and Check it Twice

I made a list of things we need to get done prior to putting the house on the market. I have given us a timeline of 2 years. This way we can space out the cost of the improvements and make it more manageable.

We have recently repaired a portion of the fence. This only took us $100 and my husband about an hour to repair. Again… things that are affordable and easy to complete with the little time we have on the weekends.

Our biggest project will be the floors. The idea of this project terrifies me. The amount of time and money put into this project is going to be a lot. I am still searching for the perfect flooring that the next owners of our home will be able to enjoy. There are so many choices and so many steps to this that I was completely oblivious to.

Start Small

I have decided to complete the small projects first. Small changes that will make a difference when selling. Changing some of the light fixtures to update to current trends is the next thing I want to check off my list.

It’s the perfect time of the year to clean out and clean up the flower beds. Lord knows after the last freeze everyone’s flower beds could use some love. I know this will have to be done again, but this is an easy weekend project.

I find having a list of projects is the best way to tackle it all if you’re like us and have quite a few things to complete. It’s also that feeling of accomplishment when you are able to mark it off the list! Starting with the small obtainable projects and moving towards the larger projects seems to make sense. It will all begin to take shape once you get the ball rolling.

Give yourself a logical goal as well. I know that we wouldn’t be able to complete all the things needed within the year. We are busy people. We want to enjoy our weekends. At this time I’m trying for one project a month. That seems realistic!

Remember it will all get done. It may take some time if you’re a busy weekend parent, but it’ll get done. Soon enough we will have the house on the market and looking for our next home with all the room we need.

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Patrice LaBauve
Patrice is a Baton Rouge native that moved to the area to attend UL Lafayette in 2002 and never looked back. Since graduating with a degree in Public Relations she has worked in the insurance business on both personal and commercial sides. Her love of her Cajun heritage made it an easy decision to marry her New Iberia born and raised husband, Matt. They now resides in Youngsville and have two daughters Jolie (9) and Amelie (5) and her bonus son, Eli (14). On most weekdays you will find her running the roads to the dance studio, soccer field or her favorite place, 220 Fitness. The weekends are her favorite family time and are usually spent cooking with her family, watching her daughter show off her goalie skills, checking out any festival around the area, and catching all Saints and Cajuns game. She and her husband are craft beer drinkers, but she also won’t turn down a good Pinot Noir or fancy cocktail. She loves a good philanthropic event, to-do lists, singing in front of people whenever she gets the chance, her gym family and live music. Lafayette has been the perfect place to raise her children and immerse them in the culture she loves.


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