6 Common Obstacles Remodelers Face

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Home Decor, Investment property, Real Estate, Staging Your Home for Sale | 0 comments

6 Common Obstacles Remodelers Face

The do-it-yourself movement is on the rise, and while revamping your home’s interior without professional assistance is a financially savvy move, it’s also one full of potential roadblocks.

1. Settle on a theme

When tackling home design my biggest problem is trying to keep it cohesive and flowing from room to room, go eclectic. While cohesive style is classic, assorted designs are trending. Mix and match without going overboard by combining large, traditional living spaces with small, bright and bold powder rooms or entryways.

2. Prepare ahead of time

Planning is the biggest challenge: gathering supplies, blocking off time, getting up the guts to start and then doing all the prep work. You need to prepare for your project, both mentally and physically. Purchase a DIY day planner to keep track of timelines, to-do lists, materials and reminders. You’ll likely fall slightly behind or skip ahead but a written plan is a helpful guide.

3. Stick to the budget

It’s a great feeling when a project is successfully completed and for a fraction of the costs of hiring a professional. Most homeowners attest to spending more on their remodels than initially planned. Unfortunately, there’s no way to combat unanticipated, yet necessary, expenses. Make fixing structural problems a priority, even if it decreases the budget for aesthetic trimmings.

 4. Remain flexible

If you are renovating an old home, sometimes you just have to go with the flow.  There isn’t much you can do about the uneven floors and crooked walls in a historic home. Keep optimistic, and consider yourself lucky if you only hit minor roadblocks, such as purchasing the wrong paint colors or misplacing necessary tools.


5. Project a realistic timeline

Don’t expect results to happen overnight. Many homeowners choose to delay their plans until their busy lifestyles can accommodate demanding projects.



6. Take advantage of resources 

Tackle the project with a friend or spouse. Having someone help you will ensure you double-check each step so it is correctly done, but it is also more fun to do a new project with someone you enjoy working/talking with. If you’re really stuck, call a friend or hit up Google. Don’t underestimate the power of collaboration. Even seasoned professionals consult friends and colleagues from time to time.

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