Let's be honest, anything that has to do with some change to your home is making you nervous before it began. Sometimes that worrying comes from not being familiar with remodeling, and sometimes it comes from having unrealistic expectations. Often it’s about whether you are prepared for such temporary, yet big disruption of your everyday life.

Thankfully, with the following advice, you can handle major renovations without stress and have fun with your home makeover.

Set the budget

A renovation budget should be the first on your list of things that will make the whole experience less stressful. If you live with your partner, spouse, or family, you need to talk to them about how much money you are prepared to invest in improving your home. That will take care of any potential complaints between you or misunderstandings.

Check your savings account, consult with your banker about a loan, and see how much you can ltcharge on your credit cards. Of course, you should do all this without breaking the bank and putting yourself in a lot of debt.

Hire a contractor or do it by yourself?

With so many DIY TV shows and online tutorials, renovation may seem simple. This inspires many homeowners to take the matters into their own hands and start remodeling. However, if you are inexperienced in construction work, it may be better to hire a contractor and trust them.

To give yourself peace of mind, interview several contractors — ask them for quotes, deadlines, and portfolios. Recommendations from friends or neighbors are also a great way to find the perfect contractor and you can see its work firsthand on their homes.

Be ready for anything

You have to accept the fact early on that nothing will go smoothly. Some problems arise only after demolition when wiring, pipelines, and other hidden installations are exposed. Sometimes, the contractor can't fit everything you want into the budget so you have to settle for less or pay more.

Also, you may have to move from your home during renovations to give construction workers space or to avoid all the dirt and noise. Moreover, be ready for breach of deadline and look for a place where you can stay for longer than planned.

Keep your things safe from dust and debris

Renovations are messy and you will find dust everywhere. If that’s how you agreed, your contractor will clean up after their daily work, but that won’t stop the dust to get into your things. To prevent this, it may be best to store your things somewhere else or place a plastic sheet over them.

Everything breakable and fragile should be placed in storage or another part of your home that's not being renovated. Make sure to include potential expenses for packing, transport, and storing such items to avoid financial surprises.

Get the right tools and equipment

Keep in mind that major renovations mean special tools and equipment to get the job done. For example, opting for forklift rental can help with heavy lifting and transport of load. A Circular saw is good to have on-site for woodwork and potential corrections.

Let's not forget a paint sprayer that will speed up the painting of the walls, ceiling, façade, and anything else that needs fresh color. Buying used and renting is a viable option if you are on a budget, but in most cases, your contractor will bring their own.

Work with an architect and/or designer

While you can tell a contractor what you want and expect them to do, working with an architect or designer will give you better results. They know what’s trendy, how materials work, and what will give you the most out of your budget.

Additionally, they probably have a network of suppliers, as well as contractors they trust, so you won’t have to worry about that. Having a good and honest communication with your designer and their team is important and will make sure that you are the one making all the decisions.

Make the process easier for your family

There is another aspect of a renovation that can cause considerable stress and that’s how it affects your family. Kids may have the hardest time adjusting to change, like not being able to sleep in their room or having to move to relatives for a while.

To help them, include them in your planning and ask them what they expect from major renovations. If you have a toddler or a baby, you should ensure they can have the necessary sleep and meals, and then start remodeling. Children look up to you and they will follow your behavior, as well as the way you are handling this disruption of your daily routine.

In the end

Major renovations can be without stress if you accept that may not go or turn out the way you envisioned. To get the most out of your ideas, consult with your interior designer and contractor at all times. It may take longer than you expected, cost more, or not give you everything you wanted, but renovations will certainly breathe a new life into your home.

Author's Bio: 

Ron Wolf is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. He is a featured blogger at various blogs and magazines in which he shared his research and experience with the vast online community. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.