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