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Moving forward with a renovation can be stressful for any relationship. The LA Times says renovations fall somewhere between infidelity and meddling mother-in-laws, while Business Insider states, “…remodeling — or tackling any major undertaking as a couple — brings up dilemmas that are blind to geographic location, ethnicity and culture.” Before starting any home-renovation project, consider these simple tips to keep your project organized, helping you and your partner keep stress at a minimum.

Finding a Reputable Contractor

According to Angie’s List, there are 6 Tips for Hiring a Reputable Contractor, which include ensuring they are NARI (National Association of The Remodeling Industry) certified, fully insured and bonded, and positively reviewed. Remember, going with the lowest bid isn’t always the best idea. You want your project performed without hassle, so choose the contractor that provides a fair price and service combination along with having excellent referrals.

Be sure to ask contractors specific questions about your project, such as if they anticipate any issues arising and how they handled issues with similar projects in the past. Listen carefully to their answers to gauge their experience and ability to handle the job.

Maximize Space While You Work

If you are tearing down walls, replacing wiring, removing pipes and sanding down cabinets, you are in for a mess of a lifetime. Instead of moving valuable items from room to room in an effort to give you more space to work, consider renting a self storage unit to maximize space and keep your items damage-free.

Most storage units are climate-controlled and under 24/7 surveillance, so you can rest assured your items will be safe and secure (while your home is in disarray). With sizes designed to fit any budget, finding one that won’t break the bank (while you break down walls) will put your mind and wallet at ease.

Determining Your Homes Value

If you are renovating with the intention to sell or are simply interested in learning what your homes value will be without obtaining a formal appraisal, real estate websites such as Zillow and Trulia can provide you with estimates based on other properties in your area.

Remember, not every renovation project will increase your homes value, so be sure to research if you are solely renovating to sell. Renovated kitchens and bathrooms, as well as new windows are typically eye-catching for potential home buyers, whereas new electric or plumbing may go unnoticed. Speak with your realtor to determine the best course of action for you and your partner.

Decorating & De-cluttering Ideas

Once your home is renovated, finding neat ways to decorate your home is simple, with websites offering countless ideas to make your home perfect for the both of you. You may even be able to re-purpose old wood from your demolition to create unique pieces you and your partner will love!

If clutter was something you struggled with pre-renovation, consider keeping your self storage unit after the renovation is through. You can store seasonal items such as clothing, decor or sports equipment year round, leaving you more room for items you need on a regular basis, while clearing your living space.

You Are A Team…

Yes, home renovations can be stressful, especially when things don’t go as planned, but it is important to remember you and your partner are a team. Discuss your expectations, set your budget and even create a “safe” room in your house that is renovation-free, so that you have an opportunity to unwind and relax.

Happy Renovating!