This month has been a crazy time in our home. Right after our summer vacation, we got started on some remodeling projects. I had forgotten how disruptive this can be for the household and now with a little one running around it added a whole new level of chaos to it.

So I decided to put together a quick list of things to keep in mind when starting on your remodeling project. Hopefully, this will make things go a whole lot smoother for you.

1 – Budget

Make a list of all the things involved with your remodeling project. This list will help you to budget for all the materials and labor costs that will be involved with the project. There will always be things that come up that you might not have thought about. That’s ok

2- Have a Clear Plan

Don’t depend on your contractor to come up with ideas. In the end, this is your home and if you are leaving things up to other people chances are you will not be happy. There are tons of websites out there like Pinterest where you can get ideas and inspiration. Be prepared to explain exactly what it is you want and this will avoid being disappointed later on.

3- Be Realistic of Timeframe

Projects always take longer than we think they will. If you have others working with you on your project things will always come up. A contractor usually works on multiple jobs at a time, so be prepared for it. There will also be random things that will come up that you didn’t anticipate that will delay the project. Just try to take things in stride.

4- Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up

From working on several projects at home one thing I know is that contractors usually want to get in and out as quickly as possible. That means some may cut corners to get the job done faster. It’s important that you are there to oversee the work and speak up about anything that isn’t going in the direction you want — before it’s too late to turn back.

5- It Will Get Messy

If it’s a big enough project plan on your household becoming a bit chaotic. We recently had tiles redone in one of the bedrooms. This meant we had to move all the furniture out of that room and find temporary spots for everything all over the house. Dust and furnishings were all over the place. So make sure it’s the right time to deal with this type of disruption. The good thing is that once they are done it will be worth it.

Making the right improvements in your home can really increase the home’s value. Even though remodeling our bedroom was a pain, the end result was worth the inconvenience.