One of the things about being a homeowner is to keep it in good condition, but you also want to improve on it, too. With all the chaos that’s going on in the world right now, many folks are taking on some kind of renovation project.
For those looking to list their homes in the near future, one of the most common reno projects is to create a dedicated office space. It’s so popular HomeLight’s Q3 survey revealed that 45% of the 1,000 real estate agents surveyed said this was the most common feature buyer’s want!
Regardless of what project you’re taking on, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out. Here are five tips that’ll help you keep your sanity and get the job done.
1. Stick to a budget
Long before you roll up your sleeves and tear apart your home, you need to know how much money you can shell out to complete the job. This may seem like an obvious tip, but you’d be surprised by how quickly things can add up – even if you think you’re being frugal and choosing cheaper materials.
When you create your budget, think about everything you want to do. Do you want to replace the floor? Compare prices of a few different design options you like from several stores. Do you want to renovate the bathroom? Ask for estimates from several plumbers to get an idea of how much the project would be. After doing your research, we recommend adding $1k or $2k to your budget just in case something unexpected happens.
2. Give yourself enough time to complete the task
You know how we said to add some extra money onto your budget in case something goes wrong? You will want to add a few extra days onto your timeline, too. Maybe you’re replacing the floors and you run out of flooring and it’s on backorder. Maybe you didn’t cut the tile right and you need to redo the entire back splash. By giving yourself extra time, you won’t be stressing out the closer you get to the deadline. You’ll be able to pay closer attention to what you’re doing, therefore you’ll be less likely to make mistakes.
3. You can splurge on some things
It’s absolutely true that you need to stay on budget with these renovation projects, but that doesn’t mean you have to be frugal about everything. You can take a portion of your budget and splurge on that comfortable office chair. You can splurge on a really nice light fixture. Sure, you may have to buy cheaper materials or furniture, but you deserve nice things too.
4. Do your research before hiring a contractor
It’s surprising how many people just browse the phone book (do they even have those anymore?) or pick the first contractor that pops up on Google. You absolutely have to do your research when choosing your contractor because you don’t want to hire someone who’ll do a hack job. Check the Better Business Bureau to find out the contractor’s reputation, if they have any complaints, and so on.
5. It’s okay to take a break when you’re stressed out
If you feel like you’re in over your head and you are getting stressed out, it’s okay to take a break! Go for a walk. Binge your favorite show for a few hours. Play with the kids or work out. Do whatever you have to clear your head and then come back when you’re feeling calmer.
We hope these tips will help you tackle your home renovation project without losing your cool. If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments below. We want to hear from you!