When you are already in the middle of a remodeling project no amount of yoga or chamomile tea can reduce your stress. Reason? You have marched into the battlefield unarmed and unprepared.
Before you undertake any substantial project, in this case, your home remodeling, you must amply educate yourself about it, research its possibilities and limitations, sketch your priorities and work out a plan to avoid delusions.
The tips shared hereafter will be useful for repelling stress during and after your home remodeling process.
Plan extensively and note it down
Study your home closely and decide how extensive is your remodeling going to be - complete overhaul or just a simple upgrade? Only the kitchen or the bathroom too? Your decisions will help you prioritize your needs and fix an approximate budget. Whatever you plan, pen it down on a notebook and keep it handy. This will help you to refer to important details whenever needed without having to scuffle through places to find a loose sheet of paper.
Also keep in mind the long-term plans for your family and home. Compare your budget with a resale plan if any or the style you have chosen with future trends.
Sketch a realistic budget and control it
Deciding an appropriate budget is most challenging. You have to burn the midnight oil for getting a realistic sense of how much you have to shell to suit your remodeling needs. Activities like visiting showrooms, poring over home magazines, talking with experienced friends and relatives, watching home decor TV shows can help you earn the desired knowledge.
After you have decided on a budget keep at least 15% of it for emergencies. This will save you from the last minute stress of running short of money.
Choose an experienced and a responsible contractor
The more experienced contractor you choose, the better for your peace of mind. For instance, a kitchen remodeler shouldn’t ask you where the sink must be placed. Knowledgeable contractors will not only handle your remodeling work most amazingly, but also remove other headaches like maintaining budget and deadlines. But how can you find an ideal one? Ask friends, relatives or colleagues for referrals. If none of them are of any help, you have to browse the net. Visit their official sites and social media accounts. Look for reliable and positive feedback from their customers.
Apart from being experienced, they should also be responsible. Updating you on time to time about the work’s progress, suggesting ideas rather than seeking them, handling messy and critical moments on their own are the qualities of a responsible contractor you wanna work with.
Read the contract carefully
Ask your contractor to specify everything discussed with you in detail on the contract. Read the contract carefully and if you see any point missing ask him for an explanation. Asking for hidden costs if any, bargaining a little for the amenities, a clarification for the ambiguous budget are things that might save your night’s sleep. Be crystal clear about every money related issue with your contractor right from the beginning.
Organize belongings and make prior living arrangements
A talk with the contractor will give you an idea of the ongoing mess during the work. If you don’t want to shift to some other abode during the noisy and dusty days you must cover up the furniture, floors, closets etc. The clothes must be categorized in different boxes and labeled for easy access. All vulnerable objects and showpieces must be removed to an enclosed place.
Most importantly, confirm that all family members are non-allergic to dust. Get a safe place within your home to put up with the intended upheaval.
Having said all this, if you are well prepared in advance, home remodeling can be an enjoyable experience. The trick is to be willing to enjoy it rather than being grumpy about the temporary new routine.