I'd like to renovate a 3 family rental property but don't know which floor is best to start on. The house was built in 1896. The electrical was recently updated prior to purchasing it in 2008. The kitchens and bathrooms are in dire need and this is the area where I am not sure if it is better to do the 3rd floor or the 1st floor first if I need to replace plumbing.
I also can't have all 3 apts vacant at the same time. The 1st floor is leaving Jan 1st 2012 but paying until end feb due to breaking her lease 3 months early (may 2012) so I have 2 free months to start on the first floor.
Of course back then, they put all the bathrooms under neath stair wells. The 2nd floor bathroom is the least attractive since it is so small and the sloped ceiling. The 1st is then next worst and the 3rd floor bathroom is the most modern/attractive since it is not under a staircase.
What are some things to consider? If I started on the first floor how do can I prepare so that when I am ready to refurbish the 2nd (and 3rd) floor bathroom(s) I can do it without ripping into the 1 st floor? The 2nd floor is not vacant.