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Home renovations can be stressful – they are time consuming, costly, and sometimes difficult to organize, especially for homeowners who do not have expertise with construction projects.  Still, regardless of the type, size, scope, or cost of your home renovation project, there are ways to make the process less stressful and more manageable.  Let’s take a look at a few home renovation tips that will help you keep your project in perspective.

Set a Budget

Not only do you need to set your budget, but you need to stick to it.  Regardless of how much money you have to spend, spending that money wisely and with purpose can help you achieve a successful home renovation project.  A small budget doesn’t need to equate to a cheap renovation, and vice versa.  So, when planning your project set your budget in advance and then make your choices based on what your budget allows.  When you are pricing fixtures and materials, for example, your budget will facilitate the choices that work best for you.  Your budget should include line items for everything you know your project will need from plumbing, countertops, and cabinets to flooring, lighting, and paint.  Also, always allow for at least 10% of your budget to cover unexpected costs – there most definitely will be unexpected expenses during your renovation.

Exercise Patience

You may want to get your home renovated today, but sometimes it makes more sense to wait until you have the budget and resources you need to ensure the project is completed to your satisfaction.  Even if money is no object, it’s advisable to plan your renovation project carefully and preferably with the assistance of experts.  Taking your time to properly plan your home renovation will ensure that you achieve a cohesive renovation that reflects your personal style and the functionality of the space.  Additionally, patience will allow you to carefully reflect on every detail of your renovation project and that can ultimately save you money in the long run.

Get Involved

Ok, you may not confidently manage certain aspects of your home renovation, but consider where you can do it yourself and where you’ll absolutely need the help of experts.  Particularly if you’re looking to save money, a DIY approach can make a huge difference.  Even small jobs like preparing a space or demolition and clean up are jobs that don’t require a lot of skill but can save money that can be better spent on other aspects of your renovation.  If you have more construction or design experience, you can likely contribute in other ways – but the take home message: if you can do it yourself, do it yourself!

Home renovations are exciting, confusing, fun, and stressful, but the end product can make it all worth it.  Follow these tips and home renovation is sure to go smoothly!

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