My Only Remodeling Tip

Light blogging (and other stuff) for the last few weeks because I’ve been pouring a lot of time and energy into remodeling my old place (yes that place).  I’ve learned a lot during this process, not only how to do a lot of stuff I didn’t know before, but also some tricks and lessons.  I’ve also learned that I hate doing remodel projects.  I’m not a carpenter (or plumber, or electrician) and I don’t want to be.  I have a ton of respect for people who are good at these things, but that’s just not me.  So what tip could someone who sucks at handy work give you?  It’s pretty simple really:

The amount of time you have left on a project is directly proportional to the amount of money you’ve spent at your most recent trip to Lowe’s.

To clarify, your third trip of the day because the water to the entire complex is off and you need a tool to complete the job so you can turn it back on doesn’t count.  I’m talking about the trip you made based on the list you made of things left to complete.

For example, on my first trip to Lowe’s when starting the project I spent a lot of money on tile and wood flooring.  My subsequent trips were less expensive, but the cost went back up when the real estate agent said to replace everything in the kitchen and baths.  So I was back to spending a lot of money (again) on appliances and vanity tops.  In general, I spent less money on each trip.

Yesterday I had to buy a set of masonry bits and some new light switches–around $16.

Today I bought 5 magnets for cabinet doors and a sponge–just over $6.

Tomorrow I’m taking some stuff back and not buying anything.  That’s right.  They are going to give me money.

That means I’m finished!

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