Spring is here! For many homeowners, the season means trips to the home improvement store to begin those projects you've been putting off all winter. Home improvement projects can be tiring, messy and expensive. Consider yourself forewarned and fore-armed (four arms, now that would be handy for hanging sheetrock!) with these five “Murphy's Law” type observations about home improvements.
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1. Tasks will take twice as much time and three times as much money as you expect.
Despite your best budgeting and estimates, tasks typically take more time and money than even your projected worst-case scenario. There's no way to budget for this. Just accept it because worrying about it wastes energy and fussing about it takes even more time.
2. You can trade time for money, and vice versa.
If you're willing to spend a little more, your job will go a little faster. If budget is your bigger concern, you can eliminate shortcuts that often cost more money. A good example is using paint and primer in one, which can reduce your painting time by half, but will cost more than regular paint. The extreme example is throwing your hands up in surrender and hiring a contractor to complete your renovations. You can save time … or you can save money. But not both.Read More »