This comes with so many different things to do, and decisions to be made. If you've ever been in this situation, or even done any sort of home renovating, you know where I am coming from. You have to choose colors, paint, design and more. What kind of counters do you want, Pendant lighting or lamps, furnishings, flooring. The list goes on and on!
I have a few tips to help with the decision making, which, for me, was the hardest.
First of all, definitely keep a notebook. You can write down item numbers, pricing, and where you find items that you like. This will be a great resource when making your final decisions. If you find something that you like in more than one place, write both down so you can compare. Take notes on customer service and other aspects so that when comparing later, you can take the service, price, and anything else that you notate, and make an educated decision in the end.
Use your camera, and take pictures of all of the colors and designs that you're looking at. This will help you to match everything up in the end. Keep the pictures that you've already taken with you as you're shopping, so that you can match and compare to help with your selections.
Read reviews! Especially for work that you're having done for you, as opposed to doing yourself. This will help you to make the best decision and bring the most qualified, best priced people into your home.
If you can, do it yourself! I know that when I see things that I have done myself within my home, it adds a bit of personal character knowing that I did it myself, and that my hands were involved. Naturally, be careful and only do something that you will be able to safely complete by yourself (painting is a good example).
These are just a few things that you can do to make home renovations a little easier, cheaper and more personal.
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