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Tips from first hand experience for surviving a BIG project....

Last summer my husband and I decided to tackle a much needed overhaul of our

backyard which had been a mound of dirt, sand and overgrown weeds since the house

was built a few years earlier. From that experience here are my tips for surviving a BIG

project with budget, marriage and sense of humour intact:

1) Have a good idea about your vision and design for the space you want to create and...

2) Respect your Budget. And from that, refine the design ideas that will fit into that budget.

3) Determine if there is any part of the project that can be DIY - like the deck my husband

built, and the gardens that I planted myself but leave the major stuff like moving rocks

and boulders to the professionals.

4) Get at least 2 but not more than 5 quotes from different companies. Ask friends, family

and your Realtor for recommendations. Most people have an opinion they are happy to


5) Have a timeline with a start and (maybe) a finish date and factor in possible delays and

some glitches just to keep it interesting.

6) Take pictures of the transformation and be grateful when your vision comes to life - and

thank those who did the heavy lifting!

7) Enjoy the (almost) finished project with family and friends and some nice cold beverages

on the new backyard patio!

Happy home improvement project!

*Please note, this blog is not intended to solicit those home buyers or home sellers that are under a current agency agreement.

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