09 Jan Renovation Stress – Is It Necessary?
The thought of renovating your home can be an exciting prospect to many. No mater the size of the project, updating and freshening-up your space can increase the value, make it more salable, and in some cases, symbolize a fresh start. However, for some, renovations can cause major anxiety and be an overwhelming experience. But it doesn’t have to be.
When is the Best Time to Renovate?
The short and easy answer is once you have done all your research and prepared a realistic budget. But how do we get to that point?
As Seen On TV
Never before have we had so many options when it comes to renovation TV, “flip” shows, and DIY YouTube channels. Believe it or not, there was a time when all we had was Bob Vila to guide us. One of the great things about all these modern resources is that we get to see real world projects unfold before our eyes. We can see where things may go wrong, and we can get helpful tips on a wide variety of topics. The downside is that what you’re seeing may not be the whole story…it is TV after all. We’ll address issues we see with some of these shows in a future post but in our opinion, they should be used for more of a reference than for what actually happens on most projects.
Research, Research, Research
Renovation shows are a great resource in terms of what is trendy or in style. They typically showcase new products and technologies that make our homes more efficient, connected, and comfortable. If you come across something that catches your eye, do some research on it. Not all products are available everywhere and in some cases, they may be more expensive where you live.
You can also visit your local home renovation store. If you’re thinking of redoing your floors for instance, see how much different options compare in price. There may be a great deal on something that you can purchase in advance for a future project.
Stick to Your Budget
It’s a reality that many projects go over budget. Is it for lack of planning or inexperience? In some cases, yes. What about unforeseen instances? Almost every project will run into a snag here and there. Last time I checked, we still haven’t developed x-ray vision; we never know what’s really going on behind a wall or under a floor until we open them up. The renovation shows tend overly dramatize these instances, but if we have properly budgeted in advance, these surprises will cause less stress than they can if we’re not prepared. A good rule of thumb is to budget 10% minimum for overages. However, 20% should cover most surprises that we all run into. Remember, this is for typical projects, we’ve likely all heard horror stories in the past.
Whether you are doing the project for yourself, or plan on hiring a professional, the more information we have, the better we chance we have for a successful renovation. Contact us today if you have any questions about your upcoming project.