Even if you’re working with the greatest contractor in the world, a home renovation project can get a little stressful. Here are some tipes to avoid getting stressed out during a home renovation
Luckily, there are ways you can avoid the headaches and keep your blood pressure low throughout the process. Here are a few tips to keep you from getting stressed out during a home renovation.
Over Estimate your Budget
Budgeting for your project is probably one of the first things you’ll do when you plan your renovation, and it’s going to be your instinct to try and keep that final number as low as possible.
To be clear, we don’t want you to plan on overspending. We just want you to overestimate your spending. By overestimating costs for the project, you’ll avoid the constant anxiety of possibly going over budget, and be pleasantly surprised if your contractors initial estimate is accurate.
Don’t budget for more than you can afford, but budget for more than you’re expecting to spend. We suggest making sure you plan on carrying 20% additional funds for unexpected changes to your project.
Plan for Delays
Similarly to the thought process behind over budgeting, planning for delays is a way to brace for the worst and hope for the best.
It’s not ideal, but projects do occasionally run over schedule. By planning for your project to run over schedule, it will help avoid any potential conflicts that can turn your project into a serious headache.
With a little bit of luck, and some cooperation from mother nature, your project will be done on time. Still, planning for the possibility of going over schedule will help keep your stress levels low throughout the project.
Choosing the Right Contractor
This is arguably the most important decision of your remodeling process. Choosing the right contractor will keep you feeling in control of your project. Choosing the wrong contractor can leave you with headaches that last well beyond your projects conclusion.
The key to a successful contractor-client relationship is communication. At Works by JD, clients receive a secure link to their own personal project portal, where they can monitor updates, and check in on daily photos from the worksite.
It’s equally important to be transparent with your contractor. Lay out your goals, budget, and timeline to ensure everyone is on the same page, and working towards the same goal. We plan you entire project prior to swinging hammers. This eliminates many of the delays and unexpected changes that drive up the cost. Learn more about our design build process here.