For some people the word “remodeling” may evoke emotions of excitement and anticipation for others it may strike terror into their hearts. Although remodeling a home can certainly be a daunting task there is no reason to be afraid. If approached with the right attitude, a bit of creativity and the 5 “P’s” of remodeling you can make your remodeling experience not only bearable but even a pleasant experience.
5 “P’s” of Remodeling
Planning – This is a step that can make a huge difference in the success of a remodeling job but often the planning process is short changed. When planning your remodel keep the big picture in mind. Take time to think about how you use the space you have and what changes would bring the most benefit.
Also, take a long term approach. Think about several years down the road. How will your life be different? Will you have more children? Will you have children that will be moving out? Will their age make a difference in how you use the house? Will you need a home office, or a place for grandkids to play, etc? Project yourself into the future so that you end up with a home that will still suit your needs down the road.
Practical Knowledge – This site is a good place to begin acquiring the knowledge you will need to bring your project to a successful completion. In this information age, there are many resources available to gain the knowledge you will need to complete specific tasks in your overall project. Even if you are going to hire out the work to someone else it is important that you have a working knowledge of how things are done so that you will be able to hire the most qualified contractors and so that you can have a plan that is fully integrated to make the best use of your time and materials.
Professional Help – If you have enough time and patience you can learn to do just about any part of your remodeling project. There will be times, however, when you will need or want to hire a professional. Hiring the right professional can save you a lot of hassle and make all the difference in how well your project moves forward. Hiring the wrong one can be a disaster. Not hiring one at all can be downright dangerous. For example, if you have work to do on the roof, it might be best to hire a pro because, as the experts at Total Roofing and Reconstruction warn, “A roof can be dangerous for an untrained individual.” See the article on “Hiring the Right Contractor” to help you in your search for the right contractor.
Patience – Having experienced this myself, living in a home that is being remodeled can be trying at best. All members of the family will find it necessary to exercise an increased measure of patience. This is where proper planning can also help to alleviate some of the problems that naturally occur when part of the home is removed from active use.
Perseverance – At some point you may want to just throw in the towel and give up. I would encourage you to hold onto your dream. As the old saying goes: “The pain of every change is forgotten when the benefits are realized”. Hang in there and see it through so that you can get the full benefits you have worked for