Home renovation is the perfect way to enhance the beauty of your home and make it a happy living space. It not only makes your house look attractive but also updates it alongside repairing. However, creating that beautiful kitchen can cause mayhem or stress in your life. Delays, inflating budgets, high expectations, unexpected things, limited access to all amenities can wreak havoc on your dreams. That is why you need to organize your renovations to ensure they precede both quick and smooth. Despite the fact that you won’t evade the worries tangled to a major kitchen or bathroom renovation, you can certainly establish a base for a less demanding and stressful one
- Plan for Delays
If your remodeling contractor expects the project to take one month before completion, expect it to take three months and plan for that. Also, if you are leasing an apartment while your home is under renovation, then obtain a month to month lease to avoid forceful evacuation before your house is complete. To speed up the renovation process, you can also move out of the house. For instance, you may not want any repairs during the weekends since you want free time with your family. Also, the contractor may only be allowed to start repairs once the kids have left for school. Such simple limitations will cause delays on your projects and thus frustrations. You can also get your home renovated without getting stressed out by ensuring you are not part of the problem. Before the repairs start, you should make decisions on cabinet styles, fixture and paint colors. In this manner, supplies can be obtained in advance thus minimizing the possibility that inventory and shipping issues will cause delays.
- Find the right contractor
A good contractor is the key to a home renovation less of stress. You can get references from your working colleagues, friends or even your designer. That alone is not enough. To find a reliable one, go beyond the references and get the reputation of the contractor. Get answers to questions like, did they respond swiftly? Did the crew commence the project at the right time? Did the contractor stick on a budget? Did they manage to complete the work as per the plan? Before considering a contractor, ensure they are not only bonded but also insured. Let all your agreements be documented to avoid misfortunes from unreliable contractors. Clear out any issue related to payments and permits if you don’t want unnecessary stress.
- Setting benchmark deadlines
Staying on schedule is central to a less stress renovation. Therefore, start by letting the contractor create benchmarks before starting any work. For instance, set benchmarks such as inspections, framing, electrical and even demolition. Give a copy of your digital calendar to the contractor and make sure he/she understands your schedule.
- Control the money
You will be less harried once your contractors are motivated. To be on the safe side, pay 10% up front and nothing beyond that. Also, you can go for an equal split with your contractor provided the practice is legal in your area. Make agreements you will pay the remaining half once the work is completed. This motivates the contractor to get the job done on time in order to receive the remaining balance. Alternatively, offer bonuses for pros who reach the benchmarks before their due days. The contractor will see an opportunity to earn extra bucks while on your side your work is completed on time. You won’t spend time stressing yourself out as you beg the contractor to have the work done on time.
- Ensure the contractor isn’t overburdened
Many people prefer summer as the best time for their home renovation. This is due to the fact that freezing temps are not a big issue. However, looking at it from the other side, most contractors will be overwhelmed to perform to the max. Not a worthy combo for a renovation to happen as planned. Trust me your blood pressure will go beyond control. Renovations during summer can be real nightmares. Therefore, plan your home renovation when contractors are not actively involved. You will get your work done and save more money- a great reliever to all stress.
Any home renovation project is likely to come with surprises and challenges. However, getting prepared and organized with the above tips can save you from disasters.