After being stuck in the house, staring at the same walls day in and day out, it’s understandable if you have a bit of cabin fever. You might be absolutely tired of staring at the same boring walls, mopping the same tile floors, or fixing that door that always sticks. Or, maybe you’re thinking about putting your house on the market and you want to increase the value of your home, which, 50% of real estate agents believe home values will increase over the next six months.
Whatever the reason may be, making the decision to take on a few renovation projects this summer very well may be more stressful than you anticipated. Fear not! Here are a few simple but effective tips that’ll help you tackle those reno projects without feeling overwhelmed.
1. Don’t take on more than you can chew
Once you decide that you’re going to do home renovations, it can be really tempting to do them all at once. But unless you’ve got a team of contractors that can take charge of all those projects, do yourself a favor and do one thing at a time.
Not only should you not take on too many projects at once, don’t choose an expensive project that you can’t comfortably afford. What that means is if you want to remodel your bathroom, don’t go for the most expensive fixtures or the most elaborate designs. Make a budget and stick to it!
2. Think about adjoining rooms
It doesn’t matter if you’re putting down new flooring or building a mock-built-in cabinet, you need to think about what’s on the other side of the room. If you’re going to be banging on the walls, make sure any pictures, knick knacks and other breakables are put away so they don’t get broken.
3. Contain dust and debris as much as possible
One thing a lot of people don’t think about when they’re doing renovations is how much dust, debris and other odds and ends that’ll find their way outside of the work area. You can keep as much dust and debris contained in the workspace by sealing off doors to other rooms. Lay down plastic on the floor so the floors don’t get filthy. Cover air vents and change the filters often so that the dust doesn’t circulate throughout the entire house.
4. Know when to hire a professional
You might consider yourself to be a handy person who can take all sorts of projects, but you need to be realistic about your skills. You might know how to change a light fixture, but that doesn’t mean you know how to rewire the kitchen. You may know how to lay down Pergo flooring, but that doesn’t mean you know how to replace the entire subflooring and supports. If you’re having a hard time figuring out how to do something or if you’re not sure if you’re doing things correctly, hire a professional. There’s no harm in admitting that you need help!
Renovations can be done with minimal stress. Being stressed out can make anything feel like an uphill battle and if you’re tackling home improvements, you’re liable to make mistakes (sometimes dangerous ones) along the way. If at any time you feel like you’re getting overwhelmed during your home renovations, don’t hesitate to take a break and collect yourself. Sure, you may have a timeline that you’d like to stick to, but if you make mistakes, you’re only making more work for yourself! So, just take your time, breathe, and stick to your renovation plan. Good luck!
For more on COVID-19 and the real estate comeback, check out HomeLight’s Top Agent Insight Survey from Q2 that I recently participated in.