New Year, New Home: 3 Renovation Tips for the New Year

Congratulations on getting to 2016!

You’ve already set goals for yourself in the form of New Year’s Resolutions, but have you set new goals for your home? Transform your space into a beautiful and efficient place to live this year. If you spend a lot of time in your home, continual upgrades to the space are essential. As you make a better you, make a better home!

The following are considerations you should take while making renovations in the new year:

1. Know Your Budget and Stick To It
After all of the holiday chaos, you might be a little short on change. But what about all of your dreams of home improvement? Not to fear! Regardless of whether or not you’ve been affected by holiday spending, you should strategically plan how much your project is going to cost you. Lay out each piece to the project and the corresponding price estimates.

2. Keep Lines of Communication Open With Your Contractor
When you hire a contractor for your project, you are placing a certain level of trust on that person. They are ultimately responsible for how your project will turn out. If you already have the pieces of your project laid out from when you budgeted, it should be relative easy to explain the vision you have to your contractor. Be flexible with your contractor and let them develop a solution that meets your vision and expectations.

3. Look at Other Projects for Inspiration
Do you know exactly how you want your finished project to look? Sometimes it’s challenging to find modern styles and trends that closely match your taste. Reference projects from magazines or from the Internet when explaining your vision to your contractor. He or she should have concrete examples to go off of, since they are unable to see your mental picture of the project.

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5 Tricks to Beating Stress During Home Projects

Stress comes naturally with home renovation, but your stress shouldn’t control the situation. There are many renovation items to consider and complete, which may¬† seem overwhelming at first. Tackling your to do list will be a project in itself, but that doesn’t mean it should be the cause of ongoing tension. If you are currently in the midst of a renovation project and feel like the world is coming to an end, take a step back, take a deep breath, and follow these suggestions!

  1. Realize the benefits of the long run.

Limited amenities, the unexpected passing through of strangers, and dust everywhere are all typical traits of home renovation. Although these frustrations will inevitably get in the way during your home project, realize that they won’t be around forever. The purpose of renovating is to make your home a better place to live and that will happen in the long run.

  1. Keep in constant communication with your contractor.

You have the vision of your project and your contractor has every intention of turning that vision into a reality. Come to a general agreement with your contractor on every last detail of the project, and there won’t be back to back problems.

  1. Expect the unexpected.

Sometimes your contractor doesn’t stick with the plan because he or she thinks there is a better fit for the project. If you don’t like what he or she is putting into effect, tell them you want it done a different way. Remain in control of the situation, but also be open to your contractor’s suggestions.

  1. Set your budget and stick to it.

While estimating the budget for your home project, make sure to allocate some of the budget toward unplanned expenses. If your contractor makes constant alterations to your project plans, it is likely that your budget will be way off. Even if you stick to the plan, there is a good chance that the budget will still need modifying.

  1. Make your overall experience a positive one.

Commit to a contractor who you know is reliable. Research leads provided by family or friends before you make the final decision to hire. Your contractor should prove that he or she is fully insured and give you samples of previous projects. If you can find the right contractor for your project, stress won’t play a role in renovating!

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