Some of the biggest sources of stress and zappers of personal energy that I’ve seen are:
• Underestimating the size of a project, and therefore its timeframe. It is easy to get caught up in the myriad tiny details and overwhelming number of options on the market. Try being realistic about the time commitment from the start and make decisions as quickly as possible.
• Underestimating the budget required, leading to extra stress and frustration and sometimes even needing to halt mid-reno. Create an accurate remodeling budget (which includes a contingency fund for emergencies) before starting and stick to it.
• Starting small but a project taking on a life of its own. This can happen when homeowners get carried away and keep adding “just one more thing” to the to-do list. It is even more common in older homes when you open the clichéd can of worms and find old wiring, plumbing or structural problems that you have no choice but to address. If you live in an older home, I highly recommend having a general contractor take a look and give you an estimate before the work starts. Based on experience and the age of your home, they should be able to make educated guesses as to what awaits behind the walls.
If you’ve started a home remodeling project and you’ve run out of energy before its completion, it may be time to call in the reinforcements. On a larger scale renovation, you may want to hire a general contractor who can help you with all of the outstanding details so that you can finish off the project and start enjoying your home again.
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