Taking on a home remodel is a big step. So the last thing you need is for it to be complicated and overwhelming. So much of the stress can be avoided with simple planning and a wise strategy. At Unique Home Building, we’ve been in the remodeling business for years and we’ve learned what works and doesn’t work.
So today, we are happy to share with you our simple tips to ensure a simple and easy home remodel process!
Have a reasonable vision. We all want to have everything on our list of dreams come true, but you have to be realistic and consider your timeline and budget. What is really possible? What is the most important and will make the most difference now? Can you handle how long that will take and what it will cost?
Start with an easy and workable to-do list. Many people fall head over heels for the latest apps and gadgets. But I have found that so many people do much better with a simple sticky note or day planner list. It doesn't mean you're lazy or unintelligent. All these different tools can leave you spending much more time trying to organize or consolidate your list, leaving many of your items undone.
Keep it sectioned into 3’s. I remember seeing a Tony Robbins talk about being overwhelmed with too many things to do. But many times though our list has 10 things on it, it's likely they can be grouped into 3 (or 4) groups. Home, family & work. That's the first step. Once your list is organized into categories, you may find that you can narrow it down even further to your top 3 priorities and then another list of 3 secondary things to do. At the end of the day - you'll likely get 6 things done! But at the very least, you'll get the most important things done first - leaving you feel accomplished and at peace with your performance.
Have an idea book! This is the number one idea we have. Paper, phone, moleskin, iPad... whatever. little things you remember, ideas & responsibilities should all go to one place. You know how it is - an idea will come to you and you love it! .... but then you forget it. With an idea book, you can reference this list at the end of the day an organize them accordingly.
Keep your ideas organized. Your life is busy and organization is what keeps it more simple. That capture pad is able to keep you from forgetting the important tasks and ideas that pop into your head. At the end of the day place tasks on to your categorized to-do list and ideas either into your work planner or artistic/idea outlet space. ...which brings me to another point-
Study Color and Trends. Color holds a lot of influence in the making of your home. Be inspired by trends, but don’t just go with them. Bright reds can cause stress or creativity, depending on where they are placed and how they are combined. In most cases, blues are calming and nurturing, but add too much grey in them, and they will feel cold and empty. Start to notice how colors make you feel, which ones make you happy, motivated, sad, tired or relaxed. Write that down. See the patterns.
Hire a Trustworthy and Skilled Contractor. Nothing will be a bigger headache than knowing what you want and putting your home’s remodel into unqualified or untrustworthy hands. Research the contractor you’re looking to work with. Read their reviews. Notice who’s referred to more than once.
Of course, if you’re in the Dallas area, and you’re ready to make some changes in your home, great contractors are just a phone call away. Call the contractors at Unique Home Building today and see what steps would be needed for your home project!