Why do so many people find it SO hard to actually commit and start their renovation project?
Are you like many others, stuck in Renovation Limbo…unable to commit to your project?
Have you been thinking and dreaming about it for years? Thinking, thinking and thinking some more but never quite being game enough to take the plunge.
Don’t despair…You are not alone.
But why is this so? And more importantly, what can you do to break the cycle?
The most common reason not to commit is FEAR.
Fear of failure, fear of getting it wrong, fear of blowing their budget, fear of not getting what they want…Confusion about how to get started or even identify what sort of renovation they want, let alone what is the best first step to take.
The best way to overcome fear is through knowledge. Take control of the things you can control, accept your limitations and get help and guidance when necessary.
Break the fear down into smaller more targeted pieces and address them one at a time. The first step is always the hardest to take., so start small and build from there.
If you are worried that you can’t afford your renovation…Talk to your Lender. Find out what you actually loan so you can understand what your situation actually is.
Or it can be that IT’S ALL JUST SEEMS TOO HARD also known as I’M TOO BUSY or I LACK CONFIDENCE
It’s easy to do things we’re comfortable with, and doing new things be a very uncomfortable experience so we tend to throw them into the too hard basket to be dealt with later… which turns into next year or in some cases never.
It’s easier to fill the basket when you lack the confidence to proceed especially with a renovation project when there is potentially so much at stake.
Focus on the positives, what are you hoping to achieve. Is it a better lifestyle? More space or better functionality of that space? Think about why you want to this.
It’s easier to start if you have a clear view on what’s in it for you and your family…. Which is presumably a beautiful home that is everything you’ve dreamt of.
FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN
The task is not familiar to you,… so you don’t know what to do or where to start. You can’t be expected to know what you don’t know. In truth, most of us don’t have any real experience of the renovation industry. It’s not something you do every day – you may only do it once or twice in your life. …and let’s not forget the endless horror stories, right?
The first thing you need to do to prepare to succeed is to learn how to do it or find someone who can help you. By finding out exactly what you would need to be successful and ensuring that those needs are met. Arming yourself with knowledge and seeking help when necessary is the path to success.
and then there’s the FEELING OF BEING OVERWHELMED
Yes, there is such a thing as too much advice, renovation is a little like childbirth, everybody has a story (usually bad) and more advice than you could ever possibly want let alone need and none of it seems to be relevant to your situation. Sound Familiar?
There is so much information out there, so much advice it’s overwhelming…….it’s hard to know where to start and therein lies the problem.
We all know knowledge is power but it’s finding the right knowledge in a timely fashion that can prove difficult.
Accept that you don’t know what you don’t know. Seek Help. Understand the value of good advice.
You’re about to make one of the biggest monetary outlays of your life. You might as well get it right.
There are a million options and choices when it comes to renovating your home,
The reality is that it makes a lot of sense to get expert one-on-one advice from the right professional who takes into account and tailor their services to your situation and needs. The right help will generally save you money in the long run.
or it can be because you CAN’T SEE THE POSSIBILITIES FOR THE TREES?
Are you distracted by the trees, birds, flowers….when you should be focusing on the forest? It’s easy to lose focus and get caught up in that inspirational Instagram feed and spend hours trying to work out how to recreate it in your new home that you never seem to get any further. Sound familiar?
Now’s the time ‘big picture’.thinking and setting some high-level project goals. Think modern light filled open plan house that has a great relationship to the outside living spaces rather than timber floors and granite benchtops, This will help you lay a strong foundation for your project and home so that you maximise the money you spend and the time you put in. Setting goals will help you stay focused, and make decision making easier throughout your renovation journey’
It’s important to not let your fears hold you back, prevent you from taking action and going after the positive changes you want to make to your home and lifestyle through renovation.
Most things in life work better and have a greater chance of success afterthought is given and prep work is done…
Now you understand the reasons you are finding it hard to start and ways to overcome them. It’s time to bite the bullet, take your reno by the horns and commit.
So now you’re ready to start where is this elusive ‘beginning’ you speak of?