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3 Ways to Reduce the Stress of a DIY Renovation

Renovating your home on your own is an excellent way to increase the pride of ownership, improve your property and save money in the process. However, a do-it-yourself renovation project also can be stressful and exhausting. When you plan ahead for your project in several different ways, you can decrease the stress that you may feel throughout all stages. Here are three things to consider.

Have a Contingency Plan

One of the most common sources of stress with a renovation project relates to finances. You may initially plan out your project and estimate costs for all steps that need to be completed. However, many people fail to include funds for contingencies. You may ruin supplies, break equipment, lose tools or run into serious issues inside the home during the process. You must have extra funds available in your budget to address unexpected expenses that you may be faced with throughout the project.

Plan Ahead for Waste

It is easy to overlook the matter of waste while you are planning out your project and lining up financing, but waste can become a glaring problem as soon as work begins. The waste from demolition can be considerable, and it can potentially impact the amount of workspace that you have available to work on your projects. There are different ways to plan for waste removal, such as by renting a dumpster. Remember to factor this expense into your budget so that you can keep financial stress to a minimum.

Seek Help When Needed

If you are planning to complete your renovation project on your own, you may have substantial skills and experience with various do-it-yourself projects. However, there may be some aspects of your project that you are not familiar with, such as plumbing work or drywall efforts. Your finished project will impact property value, aesthetics, code compliance and more. If you are not comfortable with your ability to complete small aspects of the project on your own, hire professional contractors to assist with those specific tasks. The cost for any professional labor should be researched ahead of time and included in your budget.

A renovation project can transform your home in amazing ways, but you must walk through the stressful process of renovating before you can enjoy the results. There are many sources of stress and anxiety in this type of major home improvement project, but stress can be reduced when you plan ahead. Before you get started, focus your attention on these points so that you are prepared for the days and weeks to come.

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