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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Remodeling Your Home? Here’s How to Emerge Unscathed

Before and after restaining stair railing


For many homeowners, remodeling their home is a stressful event. Couples often experience marital strife during major home renovations due to financial stress, disagreements about things such as paint color, and the general chaos that tends to ensue when your whole life is turned upside down for weeks–or even months. While the end results are well worth it, you don’t have to suffer through months of stress and frustration while you renovate your home. Here are a few tips to help you emerge unscathed:

Plan Vacations Strategically If you’ve hired a contractor to oversee your home renovation, you can strategically plan a vacation around  the time your kitchen or bathroom will be out of commission to avoid some of the headaches that come with a major remodel. Plus, a relaxing vacation can be just what you need to take a timeout when the stress of your remodel starts to wear on you. However, if you’re acting as your own contractor, or aren’t confident that things will go as planned without your oversight, you’ll want to stick around.

Make Plans for Your Pets The upheaval that comes with a home renovation is stressful for many pets. If your pet is the anxious type, hire a dog boarder or pet sitter while your home is being torn apart. This will limit anxiety for you and your pet.

Expect the Unexpected Unforeseen complications can quickly increase the total cost of your home renovation, so it’s wise to plan for the unexpected. In general, add at least 15 percent to your total estimated costs. This cushion will help cover things like insect damage, water damage, or the unexpected cost of those chic backsplash tiles you just have to have. If you don’t end up using the extra funds, you can spend it on rewarding yourselves for surviving the remodel. In either case, you’ll avoid the panic that comes from being over-budget.