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10 Tips For Staying Sane While DIYing

Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The home renovation industry continues to grow every day, and growing in lockstep: the number of people who are doing it themselves, with, well, varying results. Launching into a difficult project with no experience or training can prove disastrous. So can undertaking a renovation without a strong foundation in place - and that applies to both the home youre working on and your >

Follow a few tips to help you DIY without leaving your body, your house, your marriage, or your finances DOA.

Make a plan - and stick to it

The research and planning you do beforehand will save you time and aggravation later on. Figure out your new floorplan, if there is one, and all the materials, details, and resources before you swing that hammer. The tighter your plan, the better your chances for achieving your desired result.

Take a broad view

Yes, experts insist that the secret to a successful remodel is planning, but "more specifically, a master plan," said The Oklahoman. "Having a master plan doesnt necessarily mean you are going to do a full house remodel this year. It just means you have an ultimate vision for your house - a clear goal as to how you want it to function now and in the future."


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Choose - and order - your products early on

So, you fall in love with this floor tile that looks just like old barnwood, but you wait until the last minute to order it, and... its been discontinued. Uh oh. Selecting your products at the beginning of your project is important because it helps you develop the big picture, but make sure you get them ordered, too, or you might have to start over.

"Making product selections early can prevent delays later," said Better Homes and Gardens. "Proper planning can also help keep you on budget."

Create a realistic budget

Speaking of budget...

You may think you can fully renovate your entire kitchen and master bath for 5,000, but...nah. Unless you have some trick for getting products for free, youre dreaming. Can you make some significant changes to your spaces without depleting your bank balances? Sure. But your budget has to match up with reality, or youll just end up frustrated and disappointed. And dont forget to add in a contingency to your budget so when you have oopsies and overages, you dont have to scramble to find extra cash.

Be realistic about the timeline, too

Do your research when it comes to figuring out how much time to set aside for your renovation projects. Then add some more. And, if youre a super-novice, sprinkle some more on that. Its better to err on the long side of a potential timeline; that way, if youre making arrangements to be off work, to stay with friends, or to have someone watch your kids or dogs, youll be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

Learn a little something

Resources are out there to help you become skilled at all kinds of stuff. Take that online >

Bring in the pros for the tough stuff

Knocking down walls or getting into electrical or plumbing? it might be a good idea to bring in contractors to accomplish those tasks.

Communicate

Renovating with a spouse or significant other? Be kind to each other and keep the communication flowing. Renovating is known to be one of the most stressful activities a couple can do together. You dont want to end up with a beautiful kitchen but a broken marriage.


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Dont sweat the small stuff

The success of your renovation, to a large degree, depends on your ability to roll with it when things dont go your way. The stain color for the floor will be off. The bathroom tile will be backordered. The countertop will be delivered with a massive crack in it. Does that all qualify as "small stuff?" Maybe not, but keeping a good attitude - and keeping your eye on the prize - will help you make it through, even when it seems like your project is going off the rails.

"Sure, remodeling is exciting," said Better Homes and Gardens. "But theres also a lot of frustration as you encounter unexpected snags, delays, and the inevitable inconveniences that come from living in a construction zone. Youll handle the lows better if you know theyre coming."

Practice the art of compromise

Back to the stress of renovating and the effect it can have on your >

Want to know why couples fight during the process? Taste issues, according to a survey on Houzz. "Why all the tension? Its everyones >



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