How To Beat Home Remodeling Fatigue

by Rachel Laurendeau on September 25, 2012

It is quite common for homeowners to bite off more than they can chew when it comes to home improvements and renovations. Below are some of the pitfalls that cause remodeling fatigue. By recognizing them, hopefully you can learn to steer clear of them and have a more positive home improvement experience.

Taking on more than you can handle all at once. Instead of breaking up the remodeling into small projects, many people take on the whole house at once or they do one room after another after another until they feel as though they renovations have been going on forever. It simply becomes exhausting and people run out of steam before they reach the end.

Trying to do it all yourself. In many cases, homeowners want to save some money and have the satisfaction of doing much of the work themselves. However, if you are already juggling a job, kids and a mountain of other obligations, adding on a large renovation can just be too much. There really are only so many hours in a day or week. Additionally, a regular homeowner may not have all of the skills required to do certain jobs or to get them done quickly whereas someone who does this for a living will be able to complete it skillfully and in a timely manner.

Juggling other people’s schedules. If you work outside of the home but you have workers coming into your home to get the remodeling done, it can be quite difficult to accommodate their schedules and allow them access to the home while juggling your own work schedule. You either have to take time off work or have complete trust in someone to leave them alone in your house. Even if you do work from home, it can get quite tiresome to constantly have strangers traipsing in and out of your house when all you want is some peace and quiet to get some work done, call a client or get the baby to sleep. (I speak from experience on all of these points!)

Miscalculating time and money required. It happens regularly that people underestimate how much it will cost and how long it will take to finish their home improvements. In some cases, work stops because the funds aren’t there to pay for more materials or labor. In other cases, it means another visit to your lending institution or bank. As for time, well, the only thing I can say is that a little more patience will go a long way. As well, you may need to put pressure on your contractors if you feel that the delays are unwarranted or unjustified.

Losing sight of the end. It’s hard to imagine the end product when you are in the middle of a dusty shell of a room. It can become overwhelming to even think past this point and many people just feel like giving up. Of course, you can’t because your house is in shambles so you just need to take a deep breath and find that creative spark that got your started in the first place.

One sure way to remove many of these stressors is to work with a trusted general contractor or home improvement expert from the beginning. Find someone who will listen to you and that you feel comfortable working with over an extended period of time. It will be up to them to present you with a cost estimate and timeline that they will stick to and they will be the one who is responsible for getting the other tradespeople and workers in to get the job done, leaving your home and family schedule unfettered.

It’s natural to get a little bit stressed and tired during a major remodeling, but if you try to steer clear of the major pitfalls you should be able to avoid serious remodeling fatigue.

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