Home Renovation Survival Guide
Renovations can reek havoc on families. Upsetting schedules, interrupting the normal flow of family life, and causing inconveniences not planned for. Many homeowners approach home renovations unaware of the stresses involved. Read on for tips to help you weather the renovation upheaval.
1. First and foremost: know your budget! We can’t stress this enough. Develop a budget, then work down from the most important item.
Example: Room to renovate: Living Room
Budget amount: Max figure you are willing to spend on renovation.
Must haves: Deduct from your budget first.
Would likes: Deduct from your budget after must haves are taken care of.
Be as precise as you can be in your budget (if you are putting up new sheetrock, make sure you budget for sheetrock screws). The goal is to spend your budget on paper before you purchase any materials. If you are using a contractor for your renovation, this step maybe a little easier. However, be sure you understand what the contractors quote includes ie: materials, labor, clean-up, etc.
2. As you build your budget, do some window shopping. Consider your decor ideas and compare different materials and products. Maybe the pre-painted white bead board will give you the same look and feel as the clear pine, but will cost 1/2 as much. Be sure to check out lighting options! Fixtures can add up quickly. If you are working with a contractor compare their allowances with the actually cost of the product/materials you want to use.
3. Take a close look at the timeline for the renovation compared to your family schedule. If your kitchen will be unusable for 1 1/2 weeks while new cabinets & counters are installed, how will you deal with feeding your family? Should you start the bathroom remodel after your sister’s wedding? Maybe planning a family camping trip during the refinishing of the living room floors would be a good idea. Always, Always, Always look ahead to the next few weeks after the renovation is supposed to be complete and make some general plans for delays in the process.
These three steps will help to make the renovation much less stressful. For every hour spent preparing, you could be saving yourself two hours of stress!