Remodeling Your Home
Undergoing a home remodel can be a stressful, yet rewarding, experience. Making sure everything goes smoothly from start to finish almost seems like an impossibility, but it's not. Here are a few tips that can help you get through your next remodel without going insane.
Breaking your remodel up into smaller projects can save you a lot of headaches during home remodeling. Trying to balance several different projects all at once can be frustrating, but allowing yourself to focus on one piece at a time helps ensure the job gets done right, without overwhelming you in the process. If you do lump projects together, try to limit them to similar projects. For instance, you can get all of the floors in your home redone at once, but trying to balance floors along with a roof and a new deck, you might find yourself overwhelmed.
Another way you can save your sanity is by hiring professionals to do the things you can't easily do. If you're really great with painting walls, then plan to do it yourself, but let the professionals hang the drywall. You'll find it much easier to focus on the tasks you are good at and enjoy if you're not distracted with trying to hurry through tasks you'd rather not do. Though hiring a professional can be expensive, it's often worth it when you consider the time you're saving and frustration you're avoiding by contracting out the work.
Also, try to keep yourself from getting caught up in the small stuff, and focus on the bigger picture. Remodels are emotionally draining by themselves, so don't be too hard on yourself when you pick a paint color that looked better on the swatch than on your walls, or when you find out the door you want doesn't actually fit the frame. When snags come up, take a moment to breathe and refocus on the big picture, then get to work fixing the small issues that come up along the way without letting them distract you from the overall project.
Finally, set a budget and stick to it. It's very easy to allow small slips in budget during a remodel, but those small slips can add up to a lot of money when it's all said and done. That also means you need to be realistic when setting up your budget in the first place. Estimate up, not down, when making your budget. After all, it's much better to spend less on your remodel than more.