Surviving Your Home Renovation 101

Renovating can be an exciting and nerve racking time so we dug up some top tips from author Laura Meyer from her new book, Remodel This! A Woman’s Guide to Planning and Surviving the Madness of a Home Renovation about keeping your budget and sanity intact while remodeling your home. These great tips will help you not only get through your home remodel but enjoy it too!

  • Identify who’s in charge of your project—you, your partner or an outside person, such as a designer. “Remodeling can really be a snapshot of a marriage,” she says. If both you and your partner want to be involved in the project, Laura says there is a chance that tensions will arise. “You really want to have a solid foundation in your marriage before you get into a major remodel,” she says.
  • Create a remodeling portfolio with inspiration from design magazines so that you know what you want your finished renovation to look like.
  • Write up a detailed list of items needed for a renovation before the work starts.
  • Hire a licensed inspector to go through your home before the renovation and pinpoint potential problem areas of your home.
  • Get a preliminary estimate for the renovation from a contractor.
  • Research the legalities of a contract before you sign with a contractor—that way, there area no surprises later on.
  • Budget for “oh nos”—things that will go wrong during the renovation.

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