Remodeling Rules to Live By

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As the daughter of an architect dad and a DIY queen of a mother, I think I truly had no choice but to become a home enthusiast. From growing up watching my parents demo and redo every room in our childhood home to taking on home projects of my own in my 20-something life, I’ve collected a few rules to live by over the years …

1. Be smart, not scared. Checklists … timelines … whatever method helps you get in gear and realistically plan your project, use it! The more planning you do upfront, the better off you (and your budget) will be.

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2. Know your limits. Tackling a project DIY-style, while ignoring that little voice inside your head screaming to call a professional, often can result in a loss of time, money and patience. Know your limits, which change over time, and reassess before each project. Honestly ask yourself, “Can I do this?”

3. Stay organized. Outline your budget in a spreadsheet. Keep a file for all estimates and receipts. Staying on top of your plans and expenses helps keep your head on straight and blood pressure down.

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4. Ask questions. Take advantage of your electrician/plumber/tile guy (or gal!). Tell them that you value their knowledge and use it as an opportunity to learn. Always ask with a smile. No one likes a stick in the mud.

5. Laugh at yourself. The world will not end with one plumbing setback. Learn from it and move on.

Whether going after a weekend home project or a major overhaul, the unexpected always rears its ugly face. Just remember to think smart, stay calm and keep your eye on the finish line.

— Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life

Photo Credits: Cara Wilkerson

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