Remodeling your Naples-area home can be a fun and rewarding experience. You get to reshape your house into a home that fits your lifestyle and makes things more comfortable and convenient. To be brutally honest, however, it’s not always a walk in the park!
You and your spouse may not always see eyetoeye on exactly what needs to be done. You may have different ideas on style, colors and budgets. And you may have a difference of opinion when it comes to what’s the highest priority. That’s all pretty normal. But when emotions start to run a little high, it’s good to focus on the facts at hand.
To do that, you may want to take some time before you start looking at beautiful pictures or projects on houzz.com or picking out new kitchen appliances and cabinets to review your situation.There are two sets of facts that should play a big role in how you move forward with your remodeling plans. Let’s take a quick look at both.
It’s really easy to get swept up in “what-if” and “wouldn’t-it-be-nice” scenarios when thinking about your remodeling project. But, frankly, remodeling costs money. Just because something looks attractive doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for you. You need to set a realistic budget. You need to look at your personal finances (income and expenses) and think about what you can really afford to spend.
And you have to be pragmatic. You don’t want to budget yourself into a corner so that you’re so strapped for cash that you can’t enjoy what you’ve created. The flip side is also true: you don’t want to under-budget and end up disappointed because you didn’t get what you really wanted.
Facts of Living
Sometimes homeowners get a bit infatuated with concepts and ideas and trends. That can be fun, but it’s more helpful (and causes less stress) when you focus on the how you actually live. An industrial, restaurant-style range and oven may seem really enticing, but if you really don’t cook that much, it’s probably not what you need in your kitchen. A built-in swim-up bar for the pool in your backyard sounds fun, but if you rarely have pool parties, you’d be better off spending your money on something you’ll use more frequently.
Before coming up with a plan (and a budget), take some time to think through what specific things in your home would make you more comfortable or help you pursue the kind of lifestyle you enjoy. Click here for our free Remodeling a House, Creating a Home e-book. It will walk you through those questions (and much more) and help you focus on the facts of home remodeling so that you end up with great results.
Remodeling your Naples home can be fun and rewarding, but make sure you begin the process with a good look at the facts about your finances and your actual needs. That makes it a lot easier to make the decisions that are right for you.