22 Nov 6 Tips to Reduce Remodel Stress
While remodeling your home can be an exciting experience, for many homeowners it’s usually quite a stressful experience as well, with a great deal of time, effort, coordination and cost involved. Whether you are completing a bathroom remodel or a kitchen remodel, or you’re seeking to completely transform your space with a whole house remodel, the process of remodeling a home or room can often entail much more stress, confusion and frustration than homeowners are prepared for. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce and manage the stress of a remodel, and here we look at 6 tips from planning to construction that can help you limit stress and actually enjoy your remodel.
Plan Carefully and Thoroughly
Properly planning your remodel is one of the most important steps you can take towards reducing your stress. A lot of remodeling stress is caused by the arising of unplanned for events, unexpected changes, confusion over certain aspects of the remodel, and time and budget blowouts. Making specific and clear plans from the beginning of the process can help you to communicate your goals to your contractor more effectively and ensure you achieve the result you want.
Stick To Your Budget
Careful and accurate budgeting is one of those non-negotiable aspects of remodeling a home, and yet so many homeowners and remodelers fail to pay proper attention to budgeting. While it might seem harmless to add a little feature here and upgrade to the pricier finish there, several small changes can add up to thousands of dollars in additional costs by the end of your remodel, which adds significant stress to your remodel. While some budget flexibility can be useful, sticking to your planned budget as closely as possible is ideal.
Last minute changes can be a source of stress and expense when you are remodeling. Try to avoid changes by carefully planning your remodel and your budget, and choosing a highly qualified and experienced remodel contractor to work with so you can ensure the project is completed the right way the first time.
Work with A High Quality Contractor
One of the most crucial factors in ensuring a low stress remodel is working with a high-quality remodel contractor. While it may be tempting to cut costs by choosing the cheapest option, when it comes to the team who will be doing the work of transforming and changing your home for good, quality, experience and knowledge should prevail over cost. A high-quality contractor will be more likely to stick to your plans and your budget, communicate effectively, and work in a clean, efficient and timely manner to deliver an outstanding remodel result with less stress and pressure for you.
If you’re planning to live at your home while you remodel, it’s essential to ensure your remodel contractor will keep your home as clean as possible while they work on your new space. Remodeling can often involve dirt and mud been tracked through your home, loud construction noises, unhealthy and potentially hazardous construction dust floating around and all sorts of confusion and disarray as your furniture and belongings are moved around. A clean and tidy contractor helps to prevent dirt and clutter in your home, which lowers your stress level too.
In so many ways, remodeling is about making your dreams for your home come true. But it’s also important to have realistic expectations for your new space and understanding everything about the remodel process, especially if you’re a first-time remodeler. Talking with an experienced contractor or any friends and neighbors who have been through remodels can help you to understand what to expect so that you can better prepare and risk less stress during your remodel.
With these 6 tips for reducing stress during your remodel, you can plan and accomplish your ideal remodel with less stress and worry, and an opportunity to actually enjoy the process.