House renovations are such an exciting time, but it can be incredibly stressful, too. Not only do you have to worry about budget, and timeline, but there are a million other little bits and pieces that have to come together in order for this thing to go smoothly. Many people only look at the big picture: cost and end result. Which, to be fair, makes perfect sense. But, what about those other moving pieces?
Here are ways to keep your sanity and your costs down while doing your house reno.
1. Get the kids out of the house. Seriously, if you have a family, do yourself a favor and drop them off at a friend’s house or to grandma’s because there is no way anything can get done with children around. Plus, depending on what you’re remodeling, your kids will most likely not be able to be around it anyways. If you don’t have someone readily available to help with your brood, find someone near you by using a site like Care.com or something similar. You will be glad you did.
2. DIY (if you can). It’s easy to be quick to just let the contractor do everything, but it will end up costing you a pretty penny. Take a look at what you want to do, and then see what you can do yourself. There are so many tips and tricks you can just pull from the internet that the sky is really the limit!
3. Have a realistic timeline. This is sort of where everyone tends to go wrong. Naturally, you want the project to be done ASAP, but you have to know that something’s take longer than others and that good work will take longer than not-so-good work. Try and have a real understanding as to what is happening and then understand how long each project takes. Add a couple weeks on as a buffer and relax while your house gets a makeover.
In the end, it will turn out beautiful, the kids will be safe (thanks to Care.com) and you will stay sane. It’s just a waiting game.