This can be a threatening word to homeowners. Your home's a mess, walls are missing, tools are slamming, clanking, and buzzing, and all you want is peace and quiet. Here are a few tips to help get you through your next home improvement fiasco.
Remember, you can't see into the future. All estimates made about the time and cost of a project are just that: estimates. Most likely, the renovation will cost more and take longer than initially planned. Understanding this from the beginning can save you a lot of unnecessary stress and aggravation.
Get out of the house. You have contractors swarming throughout your home, tools and equipment lying about, and who knows what else. Now's the time to get out and do things you've been procrastinating doing. Now, you're getting things done!
Don't be afraid to ask! Contractors have a language all their own. Clarify with them what they tell you to avoid any confusion down the road. A job taking until 'the end of the week' may mean Friday to you, but it may also mean Saturday to them.
Accept the chaos of renovating. Be well aware of the disarray your home (and life) is going to be in for the next week, few weeks, or even months. Prepare yourself for easy-to-make meals, or dining out. Don't start any other major projects, you've already got a lot on your plate!