Until you've been through the rollercoaster of a home remodel, you may not understand how emotional it can be. The remodeling process starts with you picturing your dream home and ends with your vision brought to life. But as gratifying as the finished product is, the remodeling process is often described as a rollercoaster with highs, lows, and unexpected turns.
No matter the size of your project, there will be unpredictable moments and disruptions to your routine. Although we try to be as unobtrusive as possible, there's no way to avoid all inconveniences. However, knowing what to expect allows you to prepare for a successful home remodel.
What to Expect During A Remodel
You don't want to go into a massive remodel project blindly, and it's your contractor's job to ensure you understand the process. Much like any rollercoaster, there will always be unexpected dips and turns. That's what makes a rollercoaster fun. But enjoying the ride is harder when the rollercoaster involves your home. That's why we do our best to stick to the plan and help you expect the unexpected.
Stages of A Remodel
After deciding to remodel your home, you might wonder about the actual remodeling process and what the experience is actually like. To get an idea of what the steps are during a remodel, here's what you can expect throughout the process:
Planning, Design, and Budgeting
Initially, it's normal to feel excited about all the potential your home holds. While designing your dream home and searching for ideas, you'll work with your contractor to plan everything out. Planning is the exciting part! What can be less exciting is talking about the budget and signing a contract. But we work to make everything as straightforward as possible for you. And although many people can be hesitant to sign on the dotted line, after you do so, construction can begin. Or rather, deconstruction.
The demolition stage may be where you feel the most work is getting done. It might be refreshing to see your home's old cabinets or floors gone. After all, getting rid of the outdated parts is why you decided to remodel. But it might also elicit some panic- all of a sudden, nothing in your home looks like it did before. So even when you're ready for a change, it can be a bittersweet feeling. But remember that once the old is removed, your contractor can start building your new space.
You can see a lot of progress during the demolition stage, but during the actual construction, there might be a point where you're wondering: is anything getting done? That's because the work may not be as evident as tearing down a wall, and many aspects of construction take time. Just like any home project, there is always the possibility of the timeline changing due to unexpected challenges or shipping changes. But even when it feels like things are moving slowly, trust that your contractor is working on completing the project as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Finishing up the Project
Despite any delays, you start to see the project coming together at the end of the construction stage. And now, the day is finally here. Seeing the completed project will remind you why you dealt with the stresses of a remodeling rollercoaster. Then, suddenly, you can return to your everyday life, but this time, in the home of your dreams. At the end of the project, you'll get a walkthrough of your new space and see any newly added features.
A successful remodel takes time, and new challenges come with each stage. Remember to be flexible and communicate with your contractor throughout the process, even with a specific project timeline.
Tips for Surviving the Roller Coaster
Remodeling can be a treacherous journey, even for the most flexible individual. But once you know what to expect, there are ways to stay calm and relaxed during the remodeling process.
Here are our best tips for surviving the emotional rollercoaster of a home remodel:
Start off on the Right Foot
You can guarantee you will have a rough time if you don't start the project the right way. Building trust between yourself and your contractor is essential to ease anxiety regarding project accuracy and establish open communication. We know how crucial it is to build a relationship with our customers at the beginning of each project because, ultimately, you're letting us into your home to create a space you love.
Trust the Process
There will be some stress along the way, so knowing that can keep you from being overwhelmed by any tension. Everything may not always go as planned, but trust the process and professionals helping to create your dream home. Twists and turns are simply a part of life; when it comes to home remodeling, sometimes unexpected twists are necessary to get the job done.
Try to Maintain some Normalcy
When you're used to a specific routine, not being able to stick to that routine can make you feel uncomfortable. For example, you may not be able to have coffee or breakfast in your dining room the way you usually would, but you might have your coffee on the porch or in a local coffee shop instead. The more you can stick to your routine, the less anxious you may feel about any disruptions in your home.
Keep Your Eye on the Prize
In the midst of a remodeling rollercoaster, it can be easy to lose sight of the reason behind it. Upon completing your home, you'll be glad you pushed through the struggle. Find a way to keep yourself focused on the prize, your newly remodeled home. Focusing on the prize might look like peeking at your Pinterest board full of ideas for your new space. Or you might spend time as a family making plans for when the remodel is over.
The process of remodeling can feel a lot like an emotional rollercoaster. From the excitement of picking out the perfect kitchen to the panic of worrying about the budget for your project, it's normal to have both highs and lows. But when you have a contractor you can trust, you know the result will be worthwhile.
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