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It’s home renovation season! Here’s how to have fun and stay calm during your next big project

May kicks off home improvement season nationwide as people start planning their next big project. Tips for taking the stress out of renovations and major renovations

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We are entering home improvement season, with May traditionally being the kick-off month when demand for home projects increases for the summer. It makes sense: better weather, more flexible working hours with summer breaks and longer days make it easier to work on time. Recently, Mallory Micetich, Home Care Expert at Angi, hosted a satellite media tour to explain how to prepare for a successful, low-stress renovation or remodel.

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May kicks off home improvement season nationwide as people start planning their next big project. Tips for taking the stress out of renovations and major renovations

However, major renovations can be daunting. Budgeting, financing, finding professionals, figuring out timelines, living in trouble… In a recent Angi survey, almost 40% of people said they feel anxious before a renovation or major renovation, but fortunately there There are plenty of tried and true tips out there. for how to make a renovation, make it more of a walk in the park than an emotional roller coaster.

Here are some of Mallory’s favorite tips for staying calm and having fun through the process, and emerging with a home you love even more than before:

Plan ahead

May is the start of home improvement season, so high-quality professionals are in high demand. In a recent survey by Angi of adults who have recently done major renovations or renovations, the biggest regret was not planning far enough in advance. Planning ahead can help you get the professional you want and complete your renovation on time. It can also ensure you have time to budget well and prepare for any surprises you may encounter along the way. Planning ahead can really help you stay calm and in control throughout the process.

Hire (the right) pros

We found the entire renovation or remodeling process to be distinct for those who chose to do DIY rather than hire a professional. People who hired professionals for the entire project were twice as likely as do-it-yourselfers to report feeling calm before and during the renovation.

DIYers expected to feel in control (35%) or excited (34%), but ultimately felt anxious (36%) as they prepared for the renovation. So even if you’re shrewd, when it comes to bigger projects like kitchen or bathroom remodels, additions, or gut renovations, it may be best to let the experts protect your sanity and that of yours. of your family.

It’s important to know your limits when it comes to DIY projects. They can be great ways to learn new skills, bring your family together, or flex your creative muscles, but they can also be risky, dangerous, and sources of anxiety. At Angi, we encourage people to think about the three Ts when deciding whether to DIY or hire a professional: time, tools, and talent. If you’re lacking in any of these areas, the DIY road can end up being far more expensive, stressful, or dangerous than you’d like. In these cases – especially for renovations or larger renovations – it’s best to seek out a local expert to get the job done right the first time.

Amortize your budget

In our recent survey, budgeting and financing caused the most anxiety in major renovations. It’s important to set a clear budget with your contractor and make sure you understand any additional costs you may face, such as permits, materials, and labor.

Contractors are great at what they do, but unfortunately they can’t see through walls or under floors, so they’re not always able to anticipate every electrical, plumbing or plumbing problem. parasites that may arise once they start working. A good rule of thumb is to include a 10% reserve in your budget to ensure you have the capacity to cover any surprises that may arise along the way.

give yourself space

It’s one thing to live in your own mess (no judgment), but it turns out renovations make bad roommates. More than a third of people who lived in their home during the full renovation process reported fights between family members, while that number drops to 19% for those who only lived in the home for part of the process. People who took a break from the process also reported lower levels of anxiety attacks, emotional breakdowns, and tense moments with contractors.

So if you have the means and ability to spend time away from the renovation and give yourself and your family a break from the chaos, it can make the process much more manageable.

Set limits

Before the renovations actually begin, create a code of conduct with your contractor to start things off on the right foot. Regular and open communication with your contractor is key to building a positive working relationship and having a calm, fun, and successful renovation. Some limitations to discuss may include:

– Hours when work is authorized to be done

– Which bathroom(s) the workers can use

– Prohibited areas

– Site organization and cleaning protocols

– How and when the contractor and workers can contact you with questions or problems

Check out the Angi app or visit our website at Angi.com to access high-quality local professionals, cost estimates, and more tips on how to have the best home improvement experience possible.

About Mallory Micetich

Mallory Micetich is a homecare expert, with particular expertise in small homes and consumer protection. While currently renting in Denver, CO, she has been a landlord, investor, landlord and tenant for the past decade. She is committed to minimizing her environmental footprint and living in small homes, having only lived in properties 1,000 square feet or less. Mallory is currently Vice President of Corporate Communications at Angi, where she focuses on raising awareness of Angi and what we do every day to help homeowners love where they live.

Survey methodology

This data used in this segment is based on a survey commissioned by Angi Inc. and conducted using the Pollfish online survey platform. The consumer sample of 1,000 US adult homeowners have all undergone a major renovation or remodel in the past five years. The sample was surveyed between April 20, 2022 and April 21, 2022. The margin of error is 3.1% and no additional weighting was applied to the sample. Pollfish’s survey delivery platform offers online surveys worldwide through mobile apps and mobile web as well as desktop web.

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