It is just so tempting to spend money on the bits of the house we use and enjoy, and ignore the boring basics. Be strong. Don’t be lured. There is no point spending money anywhere in your home if the structure isn’t sound. Resolve any problems first before spending on luxuries. This is particularly important when you come to put your home on the market. Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes, but only as long as there are no obvious issues elsewhere, like a leaky roof or musty basement. Most buyers expect to do some improvements but get suspicious if the basic systems are not kept in good functioning condition.