Home renovations are one of those life situations that are both exciting and terrifying at the same time. You’re ready to create a new space, but those reno horror stories keep you up at night.
The good news is you can have a successful remodeling project without losing sleep… or your mind. In fact, with a few tips and tricks up your sleeves, you can create the home of your dreams without all the added stress.
To help get you started, let’s look at how to plan a remodel without losing your mind.
Make an Organized Plan
Creating an organized remodeling project will go a long way in keeping you on time and within budget.
That means making a list of planning details, permits needed, items to buy, and work schedule. Check things off the list as you go. If it helps, break it down into rooms or by function.
That includes keeping track of everything you buy, right down to the last paint roller. Knowing where you stand on your budget will help keep you from overspending.
Set a Budget
Speaking of your budget, it’s important to plan for how much you want to spend. But it’s also important to plan for the unexpected.
Remodeling projects are famous for derailing once walls get opened up. To keep from having any financial surprises, add a contingency fund to your budget.
A contingency is only spent when unexpected costs pop up. It saves the stress of going over budget without having to worry where to come up with the extra money.
Hire the Right Contractor
Another part of having a successful remodeling project is knowing when to call in the experts for help.
To find a trusted contractor, get referrals from family and friends. Check out contractor websites, such as Enhancements Inc, to read reviews and look at credentials. Also, check with the Better Business Bureau to research any complaints.
Always interview at least three contractors before you hire. And make sure you know the right questions to ask.
Set a Realistic Timeline
When setting a timeline for your remodeling project, there are several things you need to factor into it. Consider the weather, the scope of the project, how many people are working on it, and their expertise.
Also, delays happen for many different reasons. Creating a buffer of three to four weeks into your timeline gives you needed wiggle room in case the unexpected surfaces.
Decide Whether to Stay or Go
Is your project a whole house remodel? Are essential rooms such as the kitchen and bathrooms going out of commission? If so, consider finding someplace else to stay.
Finding a local AirBnB will give your family the comforts of home you can’t find in a hotel. Or staying with family or friends is a cost-saving solution.
If you decide to stay put, create a reno-free zone your family can escape to. Also, make sure your contractor knows your family’s routine so they can better schedule the start and stop of workdays.
Lose the Mess, Not Your Mind, with a Remodeling Project
A remodeling project is a big task to undertake. But now that you know how to plan one, you can forget about the hassle and actually enjoy the process.
Is your kitchen part of the remodel? Be sure to check out the articles in our Kitchen blog to get some new ideas!