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10 Tips to Keep your Renovation Project on Track

Anyone who’s lived through a renovation project knows that they are a lot of work.  A lot of mess, a lot of money and a lot of work!  Sometimes once you are knees deep in the chaos and debris, you can lose your sense of excitement.  It’s easy to get lost, feeling overwhelmed and disheartened.  Fear not my design friends, you are not alone!  After a very long weekend of our own renos, I have some tips to help you keep your renovation momentum going.

I am definitely feeling more than a little sore and exhausted this morning!  It was a VERY busy weekend around here with our renovation project now in full swing.  We celebrated a few accomplishments over the weekend and I thought I would give you a quick update.

  • Our old kitchen is out and the space is ready for the new one to be installed.
  • We ripped out all of the old carpet on our second floor.
  • We started the long (and slightly painful) process of installing window trim and baseboards.
  • Our painter popped in to spray our railings their new lovely warm grey shade of Dovetail (SW7018). Click here to see the 10 best warm grey paint colours .
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Old kitchen on its way out
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Kitchen prepped for new cabinets
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Original railings prior to painting
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New railing paint colour in Dovetail (SW7018)

With all the long hours and hard work, a project of this size can get discouraging after a while, especially once you are worn down and tired out.  So this morning while I was waiting for my cabinet installers to arrive, I wondered.  When you’re sick and tired of the mess and the work, how do you keep going?  Here are my top 10 tips to help you keep your motivation up and your renovation project on track.

1. Make a plan

From the beginning you need to have a plan.  Set the parameters of what your project is, what the finished projects is going to look like.  List all the steps and jobs from big to small so that no detail gets missed.   Not only will this help you estimate your budget and timeline, but it will help you measure your progress along the way.

2. Create a schedule

Once you have a general timeline for your project, make a schedule to reflect your renovation goals.  Putting actual dates to your project timeline will keep you more accountable to your overall timeframe.  What’s more, a schedule will help you see the light at the end of the renovation tunnel.  This will go a long way to keep you motivated.

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3. Set goals

Using your plan and your schedule, set some short term and long term renovation goals for your project. Use these milestones to motivate and focus your work-bees to maximize your productivity.

4. Don’t live in the worst of it

I know it could add to your total renovation costs, but being able to get away from the construction zone is priceless.  If you are planning or undergoing any sort of major renovation project, consider a few nights or a few weeks away.  Stay with friends and family or find interim accommodations.  It can make a big difference to your overall renovation stamina.

5. Know your limits

Whether its budgetary, time or skill limitations, know what your limits are.  Don’t be afraid to ask for professional help.  It can help you get the results you want without sacrificing your timeline.  After all, no one wants to live in reno-limbo forever.  At some point you may just need to shell out some extra cash to get the job done.

6. Have patience

Know that there will be hiccups along the way.  It’s not a matter of if, but when those hiccups will happen.  Be patient with your renovation partner and with your project so keep things moving smoothly.

7. Be organized

Renovations require a lot of decisions and selections.  Keep yourself and your samples organized to that something doesn’t fall through the cracks.

8. Celebrate the wins

Take the time to enjoy the small accomplishments throughout your renovation project.  The highs of crossing items off your reno to-do list will help motivate you to keep the project going.  Soak in the satisfaction of a job well-done!

9. Take breaks, don’t burn out

Resist the urge to work too much!  Extended bouts of long hours and hard labour do not set you up for renovation success.  Remember to take a break and recharge periodically so you can keep the project moving forward.

10. Don’t give up

The day may come when you’ve just had enough.  Knowing this ahead of time will help you head off the urge to quit.  Embrace the suck, take a deep breath and dive back into your project as soon as you can.  Unfortunately the only way for the project to get finished is if you buckle down and push on through.

Do you have a renovation project that you would like to share?  I’d love to hear from you, drop me a note in the comments below.

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