A good number of home improvement goals are never met because of poor planning. It’s not your personality, your prior experience with home improvement projects, or other factors, it is asking yourself the right series of questions before you start working that makes all the difference. Take a look through the questions below and try to answer them all before you think of starting a project.
First, determine what goal you are truly trying to accomplish. Is renovating the bathroom necessary to help ventilation or to make it more aesthetically pleasing? Are you redoing the kitchen to allow easier access to different areas or is it to look more like your favorite TV chef’s kitchen? All of these are valid reasons to undergo a home improvement project but determining what exactly your goal is will help you prevent extraneous expenses.
Balance your overall budget before you start pricing things out. As long as your home is livable, there is no reason to compelled to begin a home improvement project (despite pressures you might feel to do so). After all other living expenses are considered, do you have the finances to start improving your home?
After balancing your budget, if you find you have some, but not a lot of extra money to improve your home, you can make your improvement project more barebones. How can you accomplish the goal you laid out previously without improving any other aspects of that room?
How much paperwork is involved in your improvement project? If you’re planning on building a new wing in your home or creating/expanding your swimming pool, for example, you may need to communicate with city officials to cover all the legalities and code requirements, etc. Think about possible bureaucracy-related frustration you might have to endure and factor this process into your overall home improvement timeline.
Don’t be too over-confident and do the project yourself if you need someone’s help. It’s better to do a home improvement project the right way rather than the wrong way. (This notion seems common sense but is all too often overlooked by those wanting to take on a project independently!) Keep in mind that involving someone else usually means extra time and/or money you need to factor into the grand scheme of your project.
Of course, no matter how much prepping you do, there are always accidents. You tear something, you crack something, something is sticking out, etc. Especially if you’re working with someone else who isn’t a seasoned professional, you need to factor in Murphy’s Law, i.e. “anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Are the materials and other resources you need easily accessible should you need replacements or extras?
If you’re serious about improving your home, then take the time to ask yourself some key questions, such as the ones listed in this article. This is a simple, yet effective way, to set yourself on the right path toward reaching your goals. It is never a good idea to rush into a project or “wing it” as you go along, especially if the time and money you will invest in it is a significant amount!