Renovating Without Going Crazy

Renovating a property is a mixed blessing. In one way, you have finally started on the road to creating your dream home but on the other hand, you’ve got to live with numerous piles of rubble dotted around the place. If you decide to renovate your property from top to bottom, it’s not just about the cost. It’s also about the fact that it can be quite stressful. So when you are working on renovating your property, how can you do it without going crazy in the interim?




Look At What You Want & Stick To The Budget



You’ve got to operate with the finances in mind. When we are developing our dream home, it’s so easy for us to let our imagination run wild. When we are getting inspiration and looking to design the space, we may get incredibly excited by the fact that our home will finally have the latest technology, 3D wall panels, and a working fireplace. But we have to remember that every thing we want to add increases the bottom line. You might think that it’s worth it in the short term, but if you get into debt, you could spend years paying it off. What if you need to move, and you’re under water on the mortgage(s)? It’s not a very sexy subject, but you have to stay within budget. Your purse (and your sanity) will thank you.



Photo Talissa Decor 


Embrace The Hack


Financially speaking it’s a perfect way to cut corners. If you want to bring more light into the property, there are numerous ways to do this. Doing projects yourself may save money on paper. You’ve got to make sure that you’re not compromising the quality in order to save money. As tempting as it can be to try and install the wiring yourself if you’re not a qualified electrician, it’s not worth it.  Look at the things that you have control over and that you can realistically do, like painting and putting up shelves, and trust that you will get there. Take some classes at Home Depot and add to your skills.




We can get stressed over our finances a few months into the project and wonder if it will ever come to a finish. But there are things that we can do to make sure that we come in under budget but also make things a bit easier on our finances. Laminate flooring is a perfect example.  You can find a quality laminate with the look of real wood for less money.  Be sure you are choosing a flooring that is appropriate for your environment.


Photo KLC Floors



For example, I live in Florida, the most humid state in the union according to a study by Florida State University.  High-moisture can lead to rot and mold and high repair bills for wood floors. Engineered wood and laminate both handle high moisture better than a wood floor. Amazing. Personally I’m a fan of wood porcelain tiles. This is another great option for Florida that saves money in comparison to real wood.  It’s all down to having the time to do research. What is best for your area? Who are the best suppliers? You need to find a supplier who provides a quality product at a reasonable cost with good customer service. You may not think that they exist, but they do!






Keep Calm And Carry On


Renovating an entire property is a massive task. First do a plan and budget. Research suppliers and workman. Get references. Increase your skill set. Stay within your budget. Now the question is how do you handle the stress?  You probably know already what helps you relax like a few hours with friends, a hot shower or bath, a glass of wine in the evening, and/or a good night’s sleep.  Do you have a support system of family and friends?  There will be times you might need a friend to talk to or someone who can help you handle multiple demands at one time.  Keep a positive attitude and remember this too shall pass.





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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

3 thoughts to “Renovating Without Going Crazy”

    1. You’re so lucky to have a whole support group to paint for you. I’m so envious! My family is all up north. Sigh!

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