Renovating Lessons: Learning From Those With Experience

Renovating Lessons: Learning From Those With Experience

After getting through a home renovation myself, I related to many of the lessons in the following post I found on Houzz.com. It mostly focuses on the relationship between you and your spouse when managing a home remodel or renovation, but also addresses the very basic issue of decision making when it comes to renovating your home. Even as a construction professional, I found it frustrating at times to get the work done within the budget and time limits I had tried to set. I laughed out loud at lesson #8, which points out that stress and dirt bring out the worst qualities in you and your spouse. Fortunately, we survived. Of course, you can lessen the pain by letting a designer deal with the stress and a contractor deal with the dirt. Then, it may come close to those “reality” TV shows where the homeowner arrives and cries over the end result.

Here’s my lesson #1: If you fail to plan, plan to fail. Set a budget, make decisions, trust the professionals as necessary, but stay involved every step of the way.

Here are eight more that are helpful and mostly applicable to a NYC apartment or townhouse renovation:

8 Lessons on Renovating a House from Someone Who’s Living It

by Victoria Elizabeth Barnes

So you think DIY remodeling is going to be fun? Here is one homeowner’s list of what you may be getting yourself into:

 

Further reading:

10 things to know when you want to renovate or remodel your NYC home (sign up on this page to get our free guide)

10 recommended architects/designers to help you renovate or remodel your NYC home (sign up on this page to get our current list of recommendations)

5 home remodeling lessons we learned by mistake