Everyone begins the home renovation planning process by creating a “wish-list” (often after years of thought and the viewing of many, many samples & swatches). Of course you want the most and the best of everything, right? Then you speculate about how expensive your plan will be and decide on what you think is a realistic and affordable budget. But once you take the plunge and begin meeting with design/building contractors, you may start to realize that your extensive “wish-list” is too long and your optimistic budget too short.
Don’t be discouraged! This is simply when reality sets in and adjustments in your thinking allow you to develop an acceptable “revised” plan. You have watched all the reno REALITY shows on TV and have been led to believe that your project will take ½ the time and require ½ the budget than what the contractors are all saying. REALITY shows being seriously miss-named, best to trust your local contractors. So, armed with a realistic plan, budget and timeline, you are good to go!
Once your project is underway, try to maintain a realistic, reasonable, common-sense outlook, even when things get a little complicated (as they do on almost every project). Unrealistic expectations are the cause of much un-necessary conflict during home renovation work, so it’s critical for a successful outcome for you and your chosen contracting partner to manage expectations as a team. How to find the right contracting partner? See our next FIVE KEYS installment – HIRE WISELY!
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