Renovating a home can be stressful and expensive! Stop in to find out how to get the job done beautifully, with more ease, and for less money!
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Hi everyone! My name is Alex and I am thrilled to be featured on Drunk on Pop today! My husband and I purchased our first home two years ago, as of a few days ago. It was one of the best decisions we could have made, but at the time of purchase, I had no idea how much stress and time would go into this home. I mean, look at these pictures below. So much work went into it!
Moving into a new home, or even if you have lived in a house for a while now and you decide to make changes, you want everything to be perfect. If you have an idea, you want it to be done immediately, exactly as you picture it in your head. Unfortunately, that’s not how life works most of the time. Making a house a home and/or renovating a home takes a lot of time, money, and effort and it can be very stressful, if you let it get to you. But, there is a way to make a house into a home, or go through a big renovation process without adding stress to your life and that’s what I want to talk to you about today! Here are a few tips that I learned from my renovation process when we first moved into our home:
Take Your Time
Not everything has to be done immediately. We still have floors that I would love to replace, countertops that need to be renovated, furniture to buy, and empty space on the wall where pictures, backsplash, and other decor could go, but that’s okay because everything does not need to be done at once. Renovating a house and making it a home is a costly and timely process and you just cannot do everything at once. The great part about taking your time is that it allows you to really find out what you want and need and the fun of making a house into a home will continue years into the process.
Focus on Other Aspects of Life
Remember not to put other aspects of life on the back burner. Even throughout the renovation process, you still need to focus on other necessary duties such as work, and more importantly, you still need to allow yourself to go out, let loose, and have fun with your family and friends. Allowing your mind to relax and unwind is essential when it comes to renovations because it is a very stressful process, if you allow it to be. To try to fight that stress off, make sure you are still thinking about other things other than just the renovation process.
If you are still stressed out after taking your time and letting loose a little bit, you may want to consider hiring help to either speed along the process, reduce your workload, or just help with things that you can not tackle yourself. Great Day Improvement says, “If you’re like me, a home reno wannabe with sub-par skills but lofty renovation dreams, you might want to give some serious thought as to whether you can afford to renovate without help or if you should toss in the hammer and hire a pro. Renovating on your own when you aren’t an expert in the field could lead to more expenses than you would encounter if you hired a contractor in the first place.” This is so true! While we have not had a crazy story (thankfully), we have run into a few issues that we tried to fix on our own and then had to pass it off to a contractor. It really does save so much time, effort, and sometimes money compared to trying to do it on your own and then failing.
Down to The Basics
When you are doing a renovation, I always urge people to get down to the basics. Write a list and make note of what is really important to you and what you could go without. I say this because you cannot do everything at once and you want to make sure that the first things you actually do are worthwhile to you. It’s really pretty basic, but know exactly what you want and need before starting any project, in order to reduce stress and time loss.
We just talked about hiring help when you need it, but what if you can actually do a project yourself? It will save so much money, which will lead to significantly reduced financial stress! For example, if you want to add backsplash, there are so many ways that you can learn about the process and actually do it on your own. Consider alternate, easier products to work with such as Faux Brickwork. Faux Brickwork prides itself on being the leader in the supply of faux brickwork to the domestic and commercial world. They have an extensive range of products such as modern, rustic, and sophisticated looks, but if you are looking for a specific style that you do not see on their website, there is also a design team available! Faux Brickwork looks like authentic brickwork, but it is faster, easier, and more affordable to install – they even have a 9 step installation guide online to help you succeed in your easy installation. Faux Brickwork is the perfect example for alternate, easier products to work with, to make your life easier during a renovation process.
While renovating and making a house into a home is a hard process that is full of stress, I hope these few tips really help you reduce that stress and get the home you want, when you want it!