The real estate market typically begins to slow down during the winter months. This is when homeowners begin renovations in hopes to have their home listed on the market for the upcoming spring. If you are one of those homeowners who is completing renovations this winter, here is a list of ways to help reduce stress affiliated with home renovations.
Make a Plan
Depending on the size of the renovations you are conducting on your home, it may be a good idea to start with a plan. For DIY projects take all aspects into consideration and for large projects, call in help. Create a timeline, outlining when you hope to begin your renovations and your ideal completion date. This can help to keep things on track, but always remember to add some buffer time in case something takes a bit longer than planned.
Set a Budget, Add a Buffer
Pick a budget and add a buffer. Adding a buffer to your outlined budget may help for any unplanned circumstance you may encounter along the journey. Coming in under budget is always ideal, but coming in over budget is always stressful. Pick a budget that you know is reasonable and add a buffer. This will allow you to have some leeway in case anything costs more than expected.
Learn to Compromise
During home renovations, things may not go according to plan. Learning to let go of some of your great expectations is important as unforeseen circumstances occur. Compromising with your partner, contractor and inner perfectionist, will help save time from potential agony when things don’t go as planned (but hopefully this doesn't happen).
Lastly, this simple yet brilliant tip may be beneficial if you plan to have contractors at your house early in the morning or late at night. Wearing earplugs at home may feel strange at first but will save your sanity, and your eardrums in the end.
These tips will hopefully help to make your home renovations a unfold a tad smoother. Renovations are not the ideal situation for anyone, but they are something we all may have to endure at one point or another. So remember, to let the little things go and enjoy the ride.