5 Ways to Keep Your Cool During Home Remodeling

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Just the words home remodeling can easily conjure up stress in even the most relaxed individual. As exciting as it is to have a completely renovated space of your dreams, the actual construction process can be quite stressful. By following these five tips, you can keep your cool during the process.

Stay Organized

One surefire way to rapidly increase your stress level is to misplace paperwork. Be sure to keep a project file that houses key documents such as specifications, any drawings or plans, communications between yourself and the contractor, the construction agreement, lien releases, estimates, and any other agreements with third parties. Having a project file keeps these documents all in one place, ready when you need them.

Make a Backup Plan

Establish your primary goals, focusing on what you want to accomplish during the remodeling process. From that list, choose the goals that are most important. Narrow it down even further by selecting the ones you feel are absolutely essential. If time or budget constraints become a factor, you will need to quickly adjust your plans to reduce wasted time and money.

Retreat to the Outdoors or Embark on a Getaway

If you are staying home during a renovation, an outdoor space to retreat to can help prevent undue stress. A comfortable outdoor space can be a spot to relax, an escape from the mess and craziness. If at all possible, plan to be away on vacation or live elsewhere during the project. Doing this prevents your family from the constant exposure to dust and the chaos that comes with a renovation. However, be prepared to have frequent check-ins with your contractor via phone, and be sure that the contractor has a reliable way to reach you at any time.

Take Before Photographs

The finished product will look even more amazing when compared to “before” pictures. Be sure to take several before photographs as well as some photos documenting the process to show how much the space has transformed.

Establish a Storage Area

Rather than having tools and materials strewn about, create a storage area where workers can store tools and supplies. An organized storage area will also prevent potentially hazardous materials and dangerous tools from becoming lost or accessed by children or pets.

By following a few easy tips, you can stay relaxed during the home remodeling process. Choosing contractors and other trade workers that are reputable and trustworthy can also alleviate much of the stress involved. Be sure to find individuals who listen to your ideas, who have experience delivering the kinds of results you’re looking for, and who are focused on open communication. Make sure you and your contractor are on the same page. With open communication about expectations, you can live in the home of your dreams without losing any hair during the remodeling process.

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50 Home Fixes that Won’t Break the Bank.

Home Fixes

There are always little things that need to be fixed around your home, the good news is that many of them can be done for less money than a cup of coffee.

Improving your home and your life is easy with these 50 home fixes you will find below, and they cost less than $2!

The wonderful people over at Vibrant Doors, after scouring thru the dollar stores, put together this great list of things you can do around your home.

Just a few dollars and you are well on your way to making those little things around your home better.

 

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50 Home Fixes that will make your life better!

Inexpensive Kitchen Upgrades

Most of us spend a lot of time in our kitchens, so we want them to look nice but also be very functional.

Whether it is a small compact kitchen or large open one, there are inexpensive things you can use to make your kitchen better. From painting cabinets to adding some storage space, there are some quick things that can make life more pleasant.

If you are looking to do an inexpensive kitchen upgrade then check out this wonderful article from Remodelista on how you to can transform your kitchen even if you are on a tight budget.

New York City public relations consultant Danielle Arceneaux lived for several years with a soulless, postage-stamp-size kitchen that didn’t jibe with the rest of her Park Slope apartment’s 1920s detailing. She owned the place, but she had little to invest in a remodel. And so, with no experience whatsoever, she courageously took on the kitchen overhaul herself. It was something like deciding to cut your own hair: “I figured if I really messed it up, I could hire someone to do it properly,” she says. Join us for her tale of YouTube how-to videos, borrowed tools, weekend industry, and the power of cosmetic changes. As Danielle reports: “I didn’t replace any appliances or countertops, or move electrical wires or plumbing. It was just an aesthetic facelift.” 

Photography by Manuel Rodriguez via One Kings Lane.

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Source: http://www.remodelista.com

With a little thought and research  you could come up with some great ideas to spruce things up!