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How To Make Home Improvement More Successful And Less Stressful?

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We’ve all been there. The mother-in-law comes to town and just can’t help but say something about the state of the kitchen. One visit it’s the countertops, the next it’s the door handles. Even if you hate to admit it, she’s got a point. You are due for a bit of an upgrade. After all, it’s 2019 and that tile work hasn’t been updated since the early ’70s.  

Of course, taking on any home improvement project inevitably means that you’re signing up for long hours, loads of stress, and dishing out a chunk of change to pay for it all. The smoother the process, the better. 

Here are five tips on making your home improvement project more successful — and less stressful. 

1. Don’t budget frugally. There always seems to be some unexpected turn when it comes to home projects, whether that’s spilling paint all over the floor or finding out that there’s damage beneath your drywall. Prepare yourself by making sure you have a little wiggle room in your budget for the “uh-oh” moments. 

2. Shop online for products. You can avoid the sales pitches, skip out on the lines, and find exactly what you want. From rugs to window sills to beautiful cabinetry, all at the click of a button. Best of all, when you purchase online, everything is delivered to your doorstep. We all know lugging everything back to your house is the biggest hassle of them all, and you can avoid that. Plus, with a lot of online shops, there are special offers that can only be applied to the online stores. So, buying your kitchen cabinets online will save you some cash too! 

3. Make a schedule — and stick to it! It’s easy to slip off track when home improvement projects come along. Specific, goal-oriented, and realistic schedules for when each part of the project will be completed will make the entire endeavor seem much easier and doable.  

4. Make sure you’re settled on a design BEFORE you begin. Nothing takes away the drive to finish a home project quite like having to change course halfway through. Whether it’s tiling the bathroom or revamping your living room area, have a definitive, agreed-upon plan of what the final project is going to look like instead of winging it. Plan every detail so there won’t be any hiccups in the actual design work. That’s where buying your accent pieces, your hardware, and your 5 inch deep kitchen sink comes in handy, since you can see all the products side-by-side without having to drag them home. 

5. Be realistic. From your time to resources, and your experience level, being realistic with how long the project is going to take and what you need to hire someone else to do, will alleviate the stress of feeling like you have to do it all. Instead of going headfirst into a project that you’re not sure you can even do, take a moment to step back and evaluate. 

Best of luck with your home project! 

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