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The Friday Rant: ‘Next time I’m just moving!’

FrustratedwomanToday’s Remodeling Rant comes to us from reader Dawn Bowen. She rants:

“The worst thing about a remodel is FINDING THE RIGHT PEOPLE — people who are honest about their abilities, who show up when they’re supposed to, who do quality work (i.e., do it “right,” not half-assed) and who do not destroy all of your other possessions in the process! I’m nearing the end of my remodel and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s not coming soon enough or without additional headaches. I may end up in a lawsuit with a flooring company.

My recommendation for anyone going through a remodel is to talk to a lot of people, gather as much information as you can, but also know that a lot of it will be conflicting. You’re going to have to evaluate the information you’ve gathered, make a decision and hope you’re happy with the outcome. I’ve spent many sleepless nights agonizing about things like whether I should have chosen a different granite than the one I did. Also recognize up front that it’s never going to cost what you budgeted. Once you start, the snowball begins to grow. Things come up that you never even thought about.

I’ve learned a lot through this whole process. Now that I see the fruits of my labor, I can admit that it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had, but one very rewarding remodel experience in one lifetime is enough. Next time I’m just moving!

P.S. Thank you so much for the public forum in which to rant. I FEEL BETTER ALREADY.”


(What’s the worst thing for you about remodeling? Prices? Workers? Noise? Duration? And how do you deal with it? E-mail your rant to Rants may be edited for brevity and clarity. I post new rants often so we can all rant together.)

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