If you have ever experienced a remodeling, you know that your patience and money can quickly run out and tempers can sometimes run up considerably. But don’t let it get that far. That is why today we share a list of tips to make remodeling or conversion run more smoothly.
Will the remodeling go perfectly? No of course not. And, will it temporarily change your life as you know it? Probably. But when you have a good plan, it is easier to put things in order, and you have a better overview in situations that you could not have imagined in advance.
1. Make a survival plan
Most conversions and remodelings cause some degree of inconvenience. For example, because things do not go as expected, or because someone is needed to coordinate the workers, so that you have to work fewer hours. Sometimes it will even be necessary to move temporarily. Whatever you will need to change to make a remodeling go as smoothly as possible, take some time to make a plan. You will be amazed at your own ingenuity. With a kitchen remodeling, for example, it may happen that you will temporarily have to cook on a camping gas and do the dishes in the bathroom . If you already assume this in advance and arrange things to make that possible, things can only be better than expected. And you will not be faced with surprises.
2. Be organized
Unfortunately, you cannot survive a remodeling without a good organization. This will be different for each person, but the rule is that you should have a way to keep track of appointments and paperwork. Clear planning and administration are therefore very important. Create a system that works for you. For example, if you use a folder system, make a clear separation. A subdivision per room in the house can help, and also make subdivisions per subdivision. For example for quotations, invoices, and receipts. Always have important phone numbers and other contact information to hand. A good organization may take a little more time, but it takes away a lot of stress and prevents you from having to search.
3. Stick to your schedule
Keep in mind in your planning that appointments are overdue and parts may not be in stock. Nothing can delay a project more than a homeowner running late to appointments and ordering parts too late. Things can also go wrong during delivery or during transport. It is better to have things at home a little early and have to store them temporarily, than having your material be late and the entire construction to be stopped. That is time and money that you could have saved if you had had good planning.
4. Hand over things
Of course, it is good to want to save money by taking on some jobs yourself. Your own blood, sweat, and tears can add value to a home, but it also brings a lot of stress. Ask yourself if it is worth more to do things yourself or hire someone who can do it much faster and neater. Be honest with yourself and recognize what you are good at yourself and which jobs you might be better off outsourcing. Especially when you are under a certain amount of time pressure, it is often wise to call for help. Choose one or two rooms in the house where you can do things yourself and leave the rest to the experts. And keep in mind in your planning that you will not get in anyone’s way when you get started yourself.
5. Cut knots
Picking out a carpet, kitchen counter, or wall paint, for example, can discourage you, but it’s better to just take the plunge and make a decision. Trust your gut feeling more often and have confidence in your own choices. The tendency for homeowners to want to manage every detail themselves can cause quite a delay. Too long deliberation can result in late orders and additional costs. Not to mention the delays that this entails in your further planning.
6. Give your workers space
It may sound logical, but experts are not called experts for nothing. And every minute that workmen talk to you, they don’t spend on your house. It can be scary to have to hand over things. Will they get it right? How do you keep an overview? But one thing is for sure: there are few people who can work well with concentration when someone is constantly looking over their shoulders. Choose workers who have been recommended to you by people you trust. Then set a fixed time every day to observe the work and stick to that time. For example, greet the workers at the start of the day and discuss what is planned for that day. At the end of the day, take a moment to review the work and write down questions for the next day. This can be done, for example, just before or just after the crew has left. Don’t be tempted to check it out several times a day. This keeps the workers from their work and causes irritations that could have been avoided.
7. Be flexible
Planning a remodel is like planning a wedding. Something will always go wrong. But it’s those little incidents that leave their mark on the experience. As bad as it is, later you laugh about it and you have a good story for a drink. Remodeling shows what kind of person you are and how you deal with challenges. You can learn a lot from remodeling, also about yourself. A remodeling reminds us that there are very few things in life that we can have complete control over. Accepting that is what takes you further. So that you are completely ready, should you again have the choice to remodel your house?