By Andy Meredith
One of the most common questions I get about home renovations and Renovation Revenue is how Candis and I make our marriage and our business partnership work. Most married couples live by the rule that you shouldn’t work with your spouse, and renovating houses isn’t exactly a low-stress job. People see Candis and I working together, and they wonder how we spend all of that time working on these high-stress projects without getting sick of each other.
Well, I won’t tell you that it’s always easy. Sometimes we argue, and we don’t always see eye to eye on everything. But, in general, we really like working together, and it’s made our marriage and family really strong. One of the things that makes it possible is making our renovations as stress-free as possible.
Don’t Jump Right In – Take Time to Create a Plan
Because we work with older houses and we want to preserve their style and look as much as possible, we have to create a definite plan for what to keep, what to restore, and what to update. Having a solid design helps us see exactly what we need to do, but we don’t stop there. Before either of us ever picks up a single tool on any remodeling job, we come up with a full plan for exactly what needs to be done and in what order. That way, we know exactly what we need to be working on and when, and it prevents a lot of arguments once we’ve gotten started.
Get Specific About Your Budget
Whether you’re working with your spouse or a renovation partner, you’re going to split up the work. That means that you’re probably not going to be the only one out shopping for materials or spending money on the project. If you don’t have a really specific budget, things can get out of hand quickly, and it can get really stressful. If you know exactly what you’re allowed to spend on each element of each room in the house, neither of you will accidentally blow the budget with a run to the hardware store.
Don’t Forget About Prep Work
When I first started renovating houses, I got really excited about seeing them transform. All that enthusiasm was great, but it resulted in some pretty bad mistakes that cost us time and money. For example, there was a time that I was so ready to get done painting a kitchen and to see the finished product that I completely skipped sanding, priming, and prepping the walls. The paint job looked terrible, and when I got done I’d wasted a whole day of work and a lot of paint. Take your time and go through every step of the process. It might take a little longer, but you’re actually saving time and money by doing it right the first time around.
We’ve learned these lessons the hard way over the years, and now we have a smooth and solid plan for every renovation, which reduces our stress levels and makes it a lot more fun to work together. That’s how Candis and I continue to enjoy each other’s company, on the job and off, and it can work for you too, whether you’re a husband-wife team or you’re working with friends or business partners.