Renovating your house is both a very exciting and very stressful time. However, there are certain actions that you can take before you start to make sure that you are able to take as much stress out of the process as possible. Specifically, there are 4 key areas you must pay attention to so that the entire process runs smoothly and efficiently. Removing as much stress as possible is vital to ensure that your renovation is as painless a process as possible.
Make a Budget and stick to it
Possibly the most important part of the actual build. You can’t plan if you don’t have the money to build it. You can’t build it if you don’t have the money to buy material or hire workers. You see where this is going. Not only does your budget tell you what you can do, it tells you what you can’t do. Knowing how much money you are working with before getting into the renovation prevents massive amounts of stress if you realize you are starting to spend more than you actually have. Put it in writing and break it down to all areas of expenditure. You will thank yourself for it later.
Have a plan
Having a plan is paramount so that you know what you are aiming to come away with at the end of the work. A plan should involve time frames, materials, vision, and goals. The plan tells you where to start and how to finish as well as where to go in the middle. This is essential especially if you are doing the work yourself. If you are hiring workers or contractors to perform a lot of the labor or planning for you, then at least have a clear vision that accounts for your building’s physical constraints and your personal budgetary ones.
Hire reliable workers
Say you are hiring a carpenter because you want some specific woodwork adding to the finish of the property. Do you just go out and hire the first one you find on the internet? Probably not, no. What you must do is take the time to research any potential workers whos profession fits the job at hand, and that they are someone that can be trusted to perform a good level of work with a high degree of professionalism. In the days of digital review sites such as Trustpilot, you have everything at your disposal to make a good choice.
Take a day off
Stress is caused by a constant overload of unpleasant situations. If you start to become overwhelmed with the renovations, don’t feel bad about taking a day or two off if possible. When you become stressed you start to make bad decisions. Bad decisions can lead to the ruination of your hard work and best-laid plans for the renovation. Leave the house, go see friends, get some fresh air, and enjoy yourself. Taking time away is good, especially if you have good workers on the job that you can trust to be able to get on with it.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.