Our recent experience of making the decision to remodel our home instead of moving, brought a new found wisdom. There are always different perspectives in looking at a project of this magnitude. Patricia and I had many conversations and negotiations between the two of us before we ever got started. The initial decision to even do the remodel was Patricia “No,” David “Yes.” Usually in our family one No is a No, so I had some convincing to do. Many happy hours later, it wound up being a win for both of us and we are glad we did it.
From a financial perspective it was the right thing to do. Our home was, and still is, a smaller one level home that we are able to stay in as long as we would like. What I did not fully understand was Patricia did not have the vision of what the finished product would actually be, therefore her apprehension to the project. I had a better idea and was ready to go full steam ahead. We are both very happy with the outcome.
Everyone making this kind of decision is faced with the same complex issues and they are not easy to deal with. Where do we go? How long will it take? What are we going to do with all of this stuff we have that can’t come back? Luckily, we had professionals to help us along the way. I would highly recommend the use of these professionals for anyone making these kinds of decisions. They lowered the stress levels and made the moves easier. I on the other hand most likely raised the stress levels from time-to-time.
Looking back at the entire process I think the move and all that it entails was the most difficult. Of course going over budget was too. For anyone that has been in their home for many years and are faced with a move, it can be an overwhelming task. Again seek the help of professionals, because they are worth every dollar they charge!
With help and Patricia’s creative ideas, we did get rid of a lot of stuff. You know what? We don’t miss most of the stuff. Some treasured antiques yes, but not much else.
Signed contract with the contractor, moved out and demolition signaled there is no turning back. Not when you can stand at one end of the house and see cleanly through to the other outside wall.