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“I’m renovating my kitchen and bathroom!”

“My contractor is going to do everything for me.”

“It’s going so well.”

If any of these sentences sound familiar, then you’re probably in the middle of a renovation project. If they don’t, congratulations! You may be one of the few who’ve never had to deal with the stress and chaos that comes with starting something new. 

But if you’re planning to renovate your home, like many people, this is all new territory for you. And it’s going to be tricky—it always is. 

Because renovating is exciting and fun, it can also be stressful, frustrating, expensive, and time-consuming (not to mention dusty). So before you dive into your own renovation project headfirst (and possibly experience some setbacks), let’s talk about some things that might come up along the way:

Not Getting Your Priorities Straight

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You’ll probably find yourself getting carried away with the excitement of a new project. This can be very dangerous in the early stages because you may end up spending more money than you should on things that aren’t really important to your renovation.

You need to ensure that you have a budget in place before starting any work on your home so that there are no surprises along the way. Ideally, this should include everything from materials and labor costs to unexpected expenses like plumbing repairs or electrical issues. 

It’s also worth considering what your priorities are for the renovation—for example, are you prioritizing aesthetics over functionality? Or maybe it’s worth investing in better insulation or solar heating panels (if applicable).

Your Budget Will Change

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The reason is that renovating a house takes time, and contractors will generally want to be paid as soon as they start the job; so if you’re waiting on cash flow from your other businesses or assets, don’t plan on getting much of it back until after the work is done.

It’s also possible that you’ll decide to upgrade certain aspects of your renovation project—and those upgrades can add up quickly! Often, these upgrades are something like, “Hey, it would look better if we replaced all four sides of those cabinets” or “I think we need one more outlet in the bathroom.” 

As soon as one person starts making suggestions about how things could look better or function more smoothly for them personally (or for their friends), then things quickly get out of hand. In short: expect to spend beyond your original budget at times during this process.

Another thing that might make you reconsider your budget is how some types of home improvements can lower your insurance premiums. In case you didn’t know this already, you might end up adding some security-related ideas (like installing a security system, or repairing the roof) to your renovation projects. 

How? It’s pretty simple to understand. Better safety or security means you would be less likely to file a claim.

You’ll Run into Issues You Don’t Expect

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This is true of any project, and especially true when you’re renovating a home. You might not realize until after the drywall has been installed how ugly the drop ceiling looks (this happened to us). 

Or perhaps your contractor will get sick and need to take a week off (it happens). The point is: that things will happen, and they won’t always go as planned. It’s important that you be flexible enough to adapt on-the-fly when an unexpected situation arises. 

You’ll Worry About the Dust

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When you’re renovating, it’s almost inevitable that you will end up with a lot of dust throughout your home. You may have no choice but to live and work in an area that is covered in construction materials

This can be overwhelming because it makes everyday life incredibly difficult and uncomfortable. I

f you have young children or pets, there’s also a health hazard involved: if they accidentally ingest any dust from renovations, they could become sick!

Reworking the Space You’ve Been Living in for a Long Time Doesn’t Always Go Smoothly.

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You’ve been living in your house for a long time, and you know it well. You have a special place that’s just right for reading or napping, or maybe you’ve got an impressive collection of kitchen gadgets that you’ll need to leave behind as you move out while the renovations happen. 

But before they start, there are some things to consider:

  1. You’re going to be living in a construction zone for a while.
  2. You’ll need to find somewhere else to live.
  3. Some plans will have to change—maybe even major ones—once things get underway.
  4. You may need more patience than usual as workers take over part of your space and interrupt your daily routine with their noise and messiness (and possible discoveries).

The Renovation Will Be Challenging, but It Will Be Worth It.

If you’re renovating for the first time, we want to make sure that it’s a positive experience. We’re here to help make your renovation as smooth as possible.

So how can you ensure that your renovation is going to be a success? The most important thing is to be prepared for what’s coming and get an idea of what challenges may arise along the way.

Being prepared means having an expert team at hand who can guide and advise you through each stage of your project so that no matter what happens, things will turn out great!