Okay, so home renovations aren’t as bad as social distancing in the Age of Corona, but they’re no Sunday walk in the park, either. If you have friends or family who’ve renovated, they’ve no doubt told you of the horrors of not having a kitchen for twelve weeks, bathing at the Y, or worse! Okay, even that’s a bit of a stretch, but then again, not entirely. To prevent yourself from spiraling out of control while you try to navigate the impossible of Remodeling, here are our best tips for preparing properly for your renovation.
Instead of indulging in Facebook or Dr. Pimple Popper videos, spend your time researching! Not just what types of design trends are in for inspiration – though, let’s be honest, that’s the best part – but everything from average expected cost to hiring a contractor to sourcing affordable materials. The more research you do, the better versed you will be in decision making and planning. Don’t forget to research permits, insurance, as well as projected timeframes and inconveniences. Having to go without a kitchen or bathroom – or home in some cases – for a period of time affects not only your daily grind and habits, but your monthly overhead as well. Which brings us to phase 2.
Obviously, you need an idea of what you are likely to spend and what you can spend. You may not get the room of your dreams, but you can still make changes that up your property value and quality of life while sticking to a budget. When it comes to how much you have to spend, the rule to remember in borrowing is never borrow more than you can comfortably pay back. Life happens. Be modest with the added overhead you can handle in paying off a Home Equity loan or line of credit.
Before coming up with plans and schemes, put aside 20% of your entire budget for emergencies. It could be a pipe bursting, damaged wood, mold, electrical issues… the list goes on. But it is far better to have an emergency fund and not need it than it is to have an emergency and need some funds. If you don’t use it, you can either leave it be and not pay interest on that amount, or spoil yourself with an upgrade like a new couch or custom curtains.
Once you begin allotting your budget, do it in a spreadsheet. Serious nerd-alert here, but a good spreadsheet never does you wrong. Itemize everything, print copies, provide them to your contractor, foreman, and spouse, and reference it daily – and as needed – to stay on track.
Ground Rules And Access
If there’s one thing you can’t truly prep for, it’s the real time experience of a reno. Like having a baby. You can nest, set up the nursery, child-proof everything! But when that bundle of joy arrives no amount of blog reading will paint the real picture of sleepless nights and vigilant care and attention to their needs. Suffice to say, your daily life will be uprooted with the kitchen being in the bathroom, no running water, and strangers coming in and out of your house.
Lay ground rules. When work begins and ends, clean-up and storage expectations, and pathways through the house including to and from the bathroom. More than that, designate a space that is all yours; untouched by mess and chaos. It’s no storm you can’t weather, but having a sanctuary and pieces of routine that aren’t interrupted will make it easier.
Our last bit of advice? It’s like we said; no amount of preparation can truly prepare you for what will happen. It may be nothing, it may be something huge. But with these bases covered you’re sure to sail through these seas with confidence and a little more ease.