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Right next to
purchasing a home, one of the most exciting endeavors to experience with a home
is a great renovation. Renovations are a great way to change up the home and
make it more interesting to live in. It’s also a perk for homeowners when
they’d like to customize their home exactly to their dream specifications.

Many people
factor in the time, but underestimate the overhaul involved with renovating a
home. If the contractors say it will take six months to complete a particular
project, just anticipate the project taking a year. It’s better to
overestimate. While it may be a little stressful to deal with at times, there
are ways to make the home renovation project a breeze. Consider these tips.

1. Hire Help

While some
projects that are smaller in size may be easier to take on, leave the larger
renovation projects to the professionals. There’s nothing more frustrating than
experiencing a really long day at work, then coming home exhausted to work on a
renovation project. Besides, there are plenty of things that can go wrong. It
is just best to hire out for this scope of a project and watch the project
progress much faster.

2. Plan

As previously
mentioned, home renovation projects can often take longer than expected. It
might be tempting to plan a major party to celebrate the completion of a renovation
project. However, it’s wise to wait until the project is completed to send out
invitations. If the kitchen is getting the renovation, plan to create more
meals with the slow-cooker and the toaster. Become better with a single or
double burner. It may seem a little inconvenient at first, but it is better to
plan for it. Remember that “failure to plan is planning to fail.”

3. Budget

Home
renovation projects are notoriously expensive. It can put a major strain on a
person’s wallet if a budget isn’t set in place. To adequately meet the
financial needs and conflicts that arise, make sure to have an emergency fund or line item for unexpected expenses. The renovation project is an
expected expense, so that needs to be fully covered before the first swing of a
hammer. However, keep a “just in case” wad of cash on the side to
keep the family from going over-budget and ending up in a world of debt.

4. Protect Belongings

Between
sawdust, speckling, paint and debris, home renovation projects can get pretty
messy. This is why it is important to protect personal belongings. Cover big,
heavy furniture with drop cloths and plastic coverings. Renting a South Coast storage unit is another great option to keep personal items safe
as well.

Overall, a
home renovation doesn’t need to be a stressful undertaking. With a good plan,
professional team, great budget and protection for personal belongings, a
homeowner can go through the project feeling relaxed and excited for their
newly revised home.