Is it possible to build or remodel a home with little or no stress? Maybe. With unlimited time, resources, and professional help, building a home without ever feeling overwhelmed might be feasible. But since most people live and build in reality, focusing on reducing unnecessary stress during a major construction project is a great place to start. Here’s what you can do to prevent stress and enjoy the process of creating a new living space.
- Know what you want, and stick to your plans. Building or remodeling your home involves a seemingly endless number of decisions. From materials to floorplans, there’s no end to the number of resources available when designing a new space. So it can be easy to get distracted by the latest trends, and it’s even easier to second guess yourself once the process starts. But if you’ve dreamed of living in a craftsman-style bungalow for years, resist the urge to change those plans midway through construction just because you toured and loved a more contemporary home down the street.
Once you’ve finalized floorplans, chosen materials, and worked with a designer to ensure each decision will lead to a well-planned, beautiful, and functional home, don’t waste valuable time and money second guessing your choices. Keep any required changes as small and inexpensive as possible. It’s one thing to decide you want the bathroom painted sage green instead of sky blue, it’s another thing entirely to move the master suite to a different floor of the house or remove a wall.
- Make a budget and timeline, and do your best to stick to both. Know in advance what features you are willing to spend money on, and remind yourself that some upgrades are either unnecessary for your lifestyle, or can be added later once the major home expenses are accounted for. Working with an ethical designer can save you money, since they will show you options and styles that work with your finances. Avoid designers or salespeople who always push the latest upgrade or most expensive materials.
As for your timeline? Unexpected delays are inevitable when it comes to construction. Bad weather or waiting for the right subcontractor can cause temporary delays. But while you can’t control a thunderstorm, you can maintain regular communication with your contractor and builder to ensure that scheduling delays are managed efficiently. Making a timeline in advance lets you know when key decisions need to be made, and helps keep you sane throughout the process.
- Of course, working with the best contractors, designers, architects, and builders can help eliminate stress. Experienced professionals can make remodeling or building a home easier, especially if you’re not sure where to start, or how much to spend various aspects of your home. Contact us today and we will not only help you establish a budget, but we will help you find the right expert for your needs.