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Simple Solution with Laurie March

Aside from obvious financial concerns, there are a few major reasons some people avoid remodelling - they’re afraid of the stress, mess and conflict that come with it. The truth is, when it comes to making any sort of change in life, there will be some upheaval, and that’s OK - it’s just a part of the process. But disruption in the home can be a difficult emotional experience for anyone, even the most organized or confident people. The first thing I advise my clients to do before renovating is prioritize. I've found there are three main concerns to focus on to help get through a renovation. Once you’ve defined what your biggest priorities are, you can move your remodel along with conviction.


If you’re racing against the clock (maybe there’s a baby on the way or your move date is approaching) consider this advice:

Custom appliances and products are your enemy – those tailor-made items take time that you don’t have. Shop from what’s in stock and get creative on design features instead.

Negotiate project-based fees – NOT hourly fees - with your contractor. This will motivate both of you to complete your project quickly and competently.


If you’ve got a set budget with no wiggle room, keep these pointers in mind:

Learn how to say “no” to extras and add-ons and become aware of upselling tactics.

Stick to updating the basic things you need for a functional home. You can always have a phase two of your reno and add more design elements once the basics are in place.

Explore targeted splurges and DIY design: consider making or demoing something yourself.


If you’re selling your home soon, and it’s all about ROI, remember this:

Remodelling your home to sell is all about removing a buyer's objections to your home, not making special design choices.

Cabinets, floors, tub and tile can all be refinished if their bones are intact. Decide whether you’ll refinish or replace based only on which will have a healthier ROI. Remember, this is not your dream reno.

Don’t over design. Again, it's not about your personal taste when you're renovating to sell.

BIO: Remodeler and designer Laurie March is HGTV's House Counselor, as well as a host for DIYNetwork, HGTVGardens, Ulive and the Cooking Channel. She also owns Laurie March Home, based in Los Angeles.