When it comes to home improvements, homeowners have many different options. In some instances, there can be too many options.
Once people start thinking about ways they can improve their home, the ideas often come flooding in. It’s often difficult to get anything done when you are overwhelmed with options. Too many distractions can lead to a type of “home improvement paralysis”.
The key to home improvement success, then, is working with your general contractor to get the home you truly want.
Developing Your Vision
The best way to understand what you truly want your home to look like is to spend some time thinking about it. Don’t rush into any renovation project without giving it careful thought. The more time you spend on the planning phase, the more satisfied you will be with the end result.
Try to limit yourself to one or two major projects, such as bathroom or kitchen renovations, rather than trying to do everything all at once. You can always go back and do other home improvement projects later. It’s better to focus on getting what you truly want on one project than distracting yourself with several projects simultaneously.
Meeting with Your General Contractor
After you have spent a few weeks — or even months — clarifying your vision of what you want, it’s time to schedule a meeting with your general contractor who can tell you in realistic terms how long it will take and, more importantly, how much it will cost. This information can then help you revise your plan, if necessary.
Your general contractor may have suggestions on how to improve on your ideas. Just remember that you are the person who is going to be living in the final version of your home, so don’t get talked into any ideas you don’t absolutely love.