Home renovations are exciting. There’s something invigatoring about making a space entirely your own and bringing a unique vision to life. But a home renovation is no easy task, and they require a lot of coordination and time along the way. Oftentimes, we get so wrapped up in the idea of the project that we neglect to consider all the steps along the way. And midway through a project, you might feel like you bit off more than you can chew.
Whether you’re in the early stages of planning or already in over your head with a renovation, keep these smart tips in mind to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Accept that you can’t do everything at once.
We’ve all been there. When we want something done, we want it done now. We’re so eager to get it done, that we have a tendency to overload ourselves, and fail to realize we’ve done it until it’s too late. When it comes to home renovations, patience is key. Make a list of all the renovations you want to do, and prioritize them by most important to least important. And start asking yourself questions, so you can ensure you’re doing everything in the proper order. For example, does the project require a contractor? Will another area of the house be affected or inhabitable during the duration of the renovation? Is the renovation going to be loud and disruptive? By asking yourself these questions, you’ll be able to create realistic expectations that make the process easier and more organized.
Build a timeline.
Now that you’ve got your list created, you can start building a timeline. Beneath each renovation will most likely be a series of sub tasks. Because let’s face it — getting it all done in one day isn’t realistic! For example, say you want to remove the carpet from your stairs and laminate them instead. The first step might be removing the carpet, and the second step might be sanding. Breaking a project up into milestones will help keep you on track, and make the project seem a bit more tangible. If it helps, consider putting your projects into a spreadsheet. Move the projects you want done first to the top of the spreadsheet, and long term projects to the bottom. Consider adding columns for dates and times of expected completion, and then another column for how long it actually took. It’s a good eye opener and can set you up for better project efficiency in the future.
Be smart about your money.
You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who didn’t incur unexpected costs while doing a home renovation. It’s inevitable that unexpected costs will filter into the process, so it’s important to set yourself up for success. For bigger and more costly projects, allow yourself enough time to save up. Think about all the ways in which the project could go wrong, and what those potential costs might be.
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