When it comes to home improvement, you need to take some basic steps to assure success. While home maintenance, is something that is a continual occurrence, doing actual home improvement projects take a bit more effort. There is no question that a home remodel can be a source of stress. If you’re married or living with a significant other, there is every chance your relationship will be stressed. You will definitely want to do a bit of home improvement planning before tackling jobs that will make big changes.
Let’s discuss a few things that might help make a home remodel a little less stressful.
Get into a routine of tidiness
Before getting into big home improvement jobs, it’s best to have gotten into a cleaning routine. Big projects will disrupt your household. You can expect a huge amount of construction debris and dust to cover floors and surfaces. Having everything neatly stored away will lessen the burden of cleaning as you go. Cover all surfaces, furniture and floors to protect them from paint spatter, drywall dust, and other construction waste.
Clean the areas you can reach daily, don’t let it build up. It’s mush easier to clean as you go and you’ll feel more comfortable in the space while the remodel continues.
Start with a plan and a budget
You may have lots of projects you want to tackle, but you first need to be realistic in knowing what you can actually afford to do. The planning stage of any home improvement starts with a list of what you want to do. You’ll need to decide what projects you are capable completing and which you’ll need to hire out.
Your budget will swing pretty widely between the two. If you have the skills for a particular project, it will basically only cost you the price of materials and your time. Do all of the projects you can handle. Do research, check YouTube for instructional videos and go for it. Otherwise hire help.
Hiring home remodelers should make it a much easier to get your home improvements done in a timely manner. But, that being said, sometimes finding a contractor to do the job can be headache inducing. Knowing who can trust or count on to actually show up and get the job done right. You may have to set up meetings with many, many contractors before you have enough show up to give quotes.
The best way to pick a contractor is to speak to friends and family for recommendations. Be sure you hire professionals who are fully bonded and insured in case damage occurs. You want to be sure the people you hire are responsible as well as talented.
Part of the planning process is deciding what you want done and what result you hope to achieve. Make Pinterest pages filled with design ideas. You want to be able to communicate your vision with the people you hire for the job. If you’re doing the work yourself, you’ll need to keep in mind the end result you’re looking for. It’s easy to get bogged down in the work and just wanting to get it done. Don’t fall into this trap.
Have a reasonable timeline
Don’t go into home improvement projects with a misconception about how much time it will take. If you’re doing the work yourself, you may think a job could probably be knocked out in a weekend. You’ll likely be very wrong about this. Plan of projects you do yourself to take at least 10% longer than you anticipate. When dealing with a contractor, your timeline will be more definite. Work from a contract with who you hire. Work penalties in for missed timelines. Remember, they are working for you.
Set realistic expectations
They way you want a remodel to go and the way it actually goes can be two very different things. Set realistic expectations knowing things may not always go smoothly. Keep the final result in the front of your mind and try to enjoy the process. Home improvement planning will go a long way in keeping your emotions in check. You’re adding value to your home, try to keep that in mind.
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