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From minor projects to major demolitions, these 3 simple tips will help keep your home renovation stress-free.

Find A Reputable Contractor

According to Home Advisor, almost 100,000 scammers make fraudulent attempts involving homeowners each year, with over 30% targeting senior citizens. To ensure your project goes off without a hitch, finding a reputable contractor is key.

In 6 Tips to Hiring a Reputable Contractor, Angie’s List recommends selecting a contractor that is certified, specifically with NARI (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry), as they are held to rigorous standards and expectations. They also suggest making sure your contractor is insured and has a plethora of positive, glowing reviews. The contractor you are considering should also list everything they are promising in writing, appearing professional with their paperwork and overall knowledge of the job.

Remember, going with the lowest bid isn’t always the best choice. After speaking with several contractors in your area, compare proposals in detail, making a decision based on reviews, contract scope, business recommendations and pricenot just price alone. A few dollars more will undoubtedly save you the hassle of a home improvement project gone bad.

Rent a Self-Storage Unit

If taking on a major renovation project, clearing your home of items will not only give you more room to work, but will help you avoid unnecessary damage to your belongings. It will also prevent items from “walking away” while a job is taking placean unfortunate occurrence with various workers entering and being able to view your home.

According to Contractors From Hell, Security Management Magazine estimates that 1 in 33 homes undergoing a renovation will be burglarized or suffer some level of theft. While finding a reputable contractor places the risk at a minimum, keeping sensitive belongings off-site is your safest bet.

With storage units located in nearly every neighborhood that contain 24/7 surveillance and key-lock, coded entry, finding one that is close to home and within your price range is simple, giving you peace of mind.

Have a Contingency Budget

Even with the best of intentions and the most precise planning, home improvement projects don’t always go as planned. Electrical issues are uncovered, plumbing problems, foundation shifting, wood rot, pests… the list goes on and on. Heck, you may even decide you want something changed because upon seeing it within your home, you’ve simply decided it just won’t work!

In order to tackle any issues that may arise without becoming stressed, set up a contingency budget that is 5-10% of the overall renovation cost. Doing so will help keep your finances on track.

By finding a reputable contractor, utilizing a self-storage unit and setting up an emergency fund, your home renovation stress will be limited to finding the perfect curtains to compliment your new and improved decor. Cause we all know, curtains are stressful enough.

Happy Renovating!