7 Tips to Make Your Home Renovation and Remodel Go Smoothly


Renovations and remodels can give people serious panic attacks. Renovations involve so many moving partsthe trust of other people, logistics and scheduling, time, and money. Many people have experienced the pain of a remodel gone terribly wrong. I’ve heard many stories of people’s painful experiences. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Follow these 7 tips to make sure that you will complete you renovation and remodel in a timely manner at the lowest possible cost and the least amount of stress.


1. Hire the Right People

This tip is honestly the most crucial step in the process. You need to vet a contractor like you would vet the doctor that would do open heart surgery on you. I’m not kidding.

A contractor is responsible for the day-to-day management of a construction site, management of vendors and trades, and the communication of information to all parties involved during the building of a project. A contractor is basically in charge of managing all of the projects and knows all of the information. 

What does this mean for you? The contractor will influence how much time and money you will spend on the remodel. And, don’t forget that has a direct correlation to your mental health, particularly your anxiety levels. 

According to Kiplinger, this is how you should vet contractors:

  • Get several proposals 

  • Don’t assume a high price means high quality 

  • Review credentials and experience

  • Talk to references (super important)

  • Check schedules

  • Find out who does the work

  • Be sure the remodeler is licensed

  • Check insurance

    Head on over to Kiplinger for more detailed explanations.

2. Speak Up

If you know that something feels wrong, speak up. Whether that’s while you are interacting with your contractor, checking on the house while people are working, or visiting the house after the work is done and it’s simply wrong.

Remember: this is a service that you are paying for. If you are that girl that doesn’t speak up when your hair stylist screws up the color of your hair and you just leave and cry in the car, you’re going to need to change your attitude for your renovation. Your hair color will change in like a month, but the mistake on your house will basically last a lifetime.

No excuses. If something is wrong, make them fix it.

3. Bring the Materials to Your Home

You do not want to make the mistake of picking a material that looks beautiful underneath the fluorescent lights of a fragrant showroom that just doesn’t measure up in your own home. 

Do yourself a favor and bring your materials home and put them in the place that they would go and truly evaluate whether or not you like it in the space. You will save yourself money and from mental anguish. 

4. Think Carefully About the Quality of Materials

Most of the time when we’re shopping a budget we think of ways to scrimp. I’m all for a getting a quality good for a low price (hello, Nordstrom Rack), but if you’re not getting a quality good but just a good for a low price, rethink your strategy. 

You should be looking for the upmost quality at the lowest price. It might mean that you do need to go over budget for quality flooring, countertops, or even paint. 

Some people will complain for years about the material they picked. They’ll say, “I really don’t like the bathroom subway tile but it was the best that I could find that would fit out budget.” At least in this case it’s deep inside a bathroom. But I know one women who still laments that she hates the cabinets in her kitchen, which she looks at everyday and visitors will always see. 

Rule of thumb: if you already feel the need to complain about it all day when you make the choice, fork out the cash and get a higher quality material. Your future self will thank you later. If you can’t afford it, stop complaining or find a low-budget DIY solution to fix it for your own sake.

5. If You Don’t Like It, Change It

Similar to the point above. Use the rule of thumb to steer you in the right direction. Listen to yourself. 

6. Trust Your Gut

Again, listen to yourself. Sometimes we have that irking, eerie feeling that something is just not right. The feeling builds in your tummy and you cannot let it go as much as you try. Tune into that feeling because is more than probably right.

If you’re not sure how the mechanics of plumbing work but you see something that looks a bit strange, listen to your gut at do tip #2: speak up. If you know that you’re getting a material that’s just enough and you’re getting flurries in your stomach, do tip #5: change it. 

You are the only one who fully understands you. Become attuned to your own feelings and trust your gut.

7. Take the Plunge

Now that we are psychologically in a peaceful place, it’s time to take the plunge! Sometimes we stop ourselves from starting the process because we have so much pent up anxiety about what could go wrong in the future.

Well leave those fears to the side and know that you have the expertise to pick the right contractor, access to the internet to gain the information you need to check to see if a task is done correctly or not, the confidence to speak up if something is not right, and the attitude that you can make the best possible decision for yourself with ease and comfort.

You got this! And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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