How to Keep the Drama Out of Home Renovation

By: Danny Lipford

Planning on a computer at a kitchen design center.

Remodel Stress Factor #2: Decisions, Decisions

Making the many decisions involved in a house remodeling project—from cabinet style and paint color to flooring options and light fixtures—can drive even the most laid back homeowner to distraction. This process is complicated even more by the thousands of different products available to choose from these days.

Of course you’ll probably want to match many items—such as trim moldings, door style, and window pattern—to those that are already in your house. But even if you’re not planning on reinventing your home’s décor, the number of selections involved can be daunting.

The best advice is to start the decision making process early, and allow plenty of time to cruise the Internet and visit local kitchen and bathroom showrooms. Making the right decisions, and sticking to them, will also help you avoid the biggest fear most homeowners have—busting the budget!

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