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Don’t Let Remodeling Ruin Your Love Life!

While I am not a psychologist, I have noticed that whatever unresolved issues homeowners have in their lives appear one way or another during the remodeling process. Foggy thinking, an inability to deal with change or anger, impatience, difficulty taking responsibility, passive-aggressive patterns (the ‘read my mind’ syndrome), being a control freak and other personality traits can make or break a remodeling process.

I highly recommend that would-be remodelers answer the more insightful questions separately then review each other’s input together to help them identify these self-imposed barriers very early in the process. This way they will know what they are dealing with beyond the remodel itself.

What do you envision? Write down all the details and expectations you have for your project and state your vision succinctly by completing the following sentence:

“When the renovation is over, I’ll be able to __________ better. I won’t have to __________ anymore, and I’ll finally get to ______________.”

How Will I Know When I Have What I Envision? A realistic vision is the key to a successful remodel and is no accident or lucky break. Your vision requires thinking through how you want to live and clearly identifying what you want and need from your home.

Is There Anything Preventing Me From Realizing My Vision? Now that you have a clearer picture of what you really want from your remodeling project, it’s time to think about the speed bumps and roadblocks that stand in your way. These obstacles can be physical, regulatory, lifestyle-related, financial or psychological. By identifying these barriers early in the remodeling process, you can avoid major problems, reduce frustration and revise your plans and expectations at an early stage.

What Resources Do I Have Or Need To Realize My Vision? Before you fall in love with revamping your home, take a long, hard look at all of the costs involved and the financial implications. Many would-be remodelers immediately think about cash or financing when they look at this question. While money is certainly a key resource necessary for any remodeling project, there are many others. Time commitment, ability to devote full attention, your skills and talents as it relates to your remodel also play into the equation.


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