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Our Word of the Year Is…

Do you choose a word of the year?

I don’t normally but this year I decided to change that and my word of the year is:

PATIENCE.

And if you are doing any home projects currently or in the near future, I hope it’s your word too because you’re going to need a lot of it. The supply chain issues and delays we’ve seen over the past two years with construction and materials will very likely continue this year and beyond.

So what can you do to navigate it? Here are my top 3 tips:

BOOK NOW

If you haven’t already, get in touch with the designer you’ve been swooning over or the contractor you’ve been eyeing to get on their calendar. Even if you’re not ready to start the project now, that’s ok because they won’t be able to begin right away anyways. Assume you will be booking at least 4 months (likely longer) but starting the process gives you the peace of mind to know you’ve got someone great lined up and gives you time to save money and finalize your goals for the space.

DON’T COMPROMISE QUALITY

If you have a vision, I encourage you not to compromise on lower quality materials or on a design you don’t love. It’s worth it to wait for the things you really want because in the end, you’ll be much happier with the result and won’t need it to be redone. And that comes to booking your designer or contractor as well. Wait for the person or company you really want even if that means waiting a little bit longer because again, it will be worth it in the end!

MAINTAIN REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Going into your project with reasonable expectations, knowing that you will likely be waiting, and that it will take longer than normal will help you to maintain your patience and alleviate unnecessary stress. If possible, don’t take on renovations until you are ready for some upheaval in your home because there is no such thing as a “quick project” these days, if you’re not ready for the disruption it’s best to hold off.

Do all of these things with patience in the back of your mind and you should make it through your renovation project successfully.

So besides, “patience”, what is your word for 2022?