Planning your kitchen remodeling project can be a very exciting process, until the actual process of remodeling your kitchen gets underway.
Then, as you creep closer to your budget, unforeseen problems begin popping up and that finish date begins looking like its getting further away instead of closer, you’ll probably start stressing out.
This is not uncommon. The remodeling process can be quite stressful.
Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can reduce your stress during this period.
The homeowners that experience the most amount of stress during a renovation are experiencing that stress because they have no idea what’s going on.
For example, it’s good to know about some of the potential problems that can arise during a remodel.
By being aware that these issues can happen, you won’t lose your mind if you run into them.
Be realistic about the timeline
Realize that the set date of completion is more of an estimate. Things can pop up that require more time.
For example, if it’s discovered during your bathroom renovations that the pipes are old and need to be replaced before further remodeling can be done, this will eat up some time. By realizing this, unforeseen delays won’t cause you to panic.
- A good rule of thumb is to just assume everything will take 25 percent longer. This way, you’ll be pleasantly surprised if it gets done sooner!
Set up a makeshift workspace
If you’re renovating your kitchen space, then guess what? You probably won’t be able to use it for a while. You’re not going to want to try and prepare a meal when workers are busy tearing up your floors, after all.
Set up a workspace somewhere else in your home so that you don’t have to worry about using the kitchen or cabinets with the following items:
- Toaster or toaster oven
- Table to hold some dinnerware and silverware (not to mention some of your dry foods)
This will help make you feel less like you are being put out of your own home.
- You may also want to consider putting eating out into your budget so that you don’t spend too much money doing so.
Work with people you trust
It’s important that you find people that you trust to work for you.
That way, when things start getting tough, you can find solace in the fact that they are professionals that know what they are doing.
If you don’t hire someone you trust, you may end up finding yourself fighting them on every decision or problem that arises.
Budget for contingencies
There’s nothing more stressful than going over budget.
This means that you should have at least 10 to 15 percent of your budget allocated to contingencies.
Let’s use the previous bathroom pipes issue as an example
A problem like that is going to take additional money to fix. If you’ve allocated money for contingencies, then it won’t destroy your budget when potential problems such as this one arise.
Not to mention that financial stress can cause you to begin blaming your contractors when it’s often not their fault, which can lead to a strained relationship, resulting in even more stress!
The remodeling process can often be long and costly, which often results in a lot of stress.
By following these tips, you’ll not only help ensure that the remodeling process goes more smoothly, but that it will be much less stressful as well.
Kitchen Gallery, your stress-free partner
Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom is exciting – and stressful.
At Kitchen Gallery, our job is to make it as stress-free as possible by working with you every step of the way and answering any question you have.
Your low-stress kitchen remodeling experience starts with requesting a FREE consultation where our design expert will meet with you in a no-pressure environment to talk about your renovation plans.