Defining Your Home Improvement Goal Is Like Walking A Tightrope
Get most of what you want of your home improvement goal. Not everything you want? That’s right. I’m being totally honest with you.
Unless you have a bank account that equals (or surpasses) Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, you’ll have to do research, and make informed decisions about every aspect of your home improvement project, one step at a time. Your decisions will include making tradeoffs, substituting lower-priced products, to stay within a reasonable budget. Below are time-tested, successful strategies to help you. Writing may be difficult for you, but you don’t have to be Ernest Hemingway or J,K. Rowling to write your priorities. You don’t have to do it in one sitting, either! Pour a cup of decaf coffee, or a glass of wine, and pour out your deepest home improvement desires. Doing this will help you to think of the possibilities.
You Don’t Have To Be A Famous Author to Create Your Home Improvement Goal List
- Define, in writing, what your home improvement goal is. A simple list is best. Here’s an example:
- Add an accessible, sustainable master suite on the northwest side of the house with a private patio.
- Priorities – Bedroom:
- French door to patio;
- New double-hung windows;
- Large walk-in closet;
- Room for king-size bed and two large nightstands;
- Two dressers (buffet-type and highboy);
- 40″ Flat screen TV;
- Seating area for two, with table.
- Priorities – Bathroom:
- Two sinks;
- Storage for all personal-care products and linens;
- Two-person shower with a seat;
- Separate toilet room with a window.
- Make another list of products you want to include in your home improvement. List everything you want, including manufacturers and model numbers (if you have them).
- Decide how much you realistically want to invest in your home improvement project. A great tool to help you is the “Cost vs. Value Report”.
- Talk with contractors and get feedback from them about your home improvement goal.
The last point is very important for several reasons:
- It will help you establish rapport with the contractor.
- It will help you make important decisions about what to do next, i.e.
- Move ahead with your project, talking with design professionals, or
- Make adjustments to your budget or your remodeling goals
Home improvement is a process, as I stated in my book, and in many of my blogs. To achieve success, it’s necessary to complete one step before you take the next step, like walking a tightrope. It’s the only way you’re going to get from where you are to where you want to be.
“See the Possibilities. Create a Positive Difference.”
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