Setting goals for your new build or remodeling project is an essential step for a successful project. When you think about it, if you don’t have goals, you don’t really know what you’re aiming for and you don’t know what success looks like.
Many homeowners make the mistake of rushing forward into the design process without goals to guide them.
A good set of goals gives your project direction. Goals help with motivation, decision making, setting your priorities and generally simplifying the process. They keep your project on track.
If you were starting a business, you'd write a mission statement. I recommend doing the same before you start your home project.
So, let’s have a look at setting goals in a bit more detail...
Goals help you define and clarify what you want to achieve with your project. They provide a clear vision of the end result you're looking for. It's the clarity and vision that sets the path ahead and helps you with decisions, priorities, budgeting, time management and communication setting you up for fulfillment and satisfaction when you move into your own home.
Home projects are a marathon, not a sprint. There may be times when you feel pretty burnt out and over it. It’s at times like this that your goals can serve as an important reminder as to why you’re putting in the time and money and effort. Keeping the final goal in mind will give you the motivation you need to keep going when the going gets tough.
Goals help you prioritize different aspects of your project. They enable you to identify what is most important to you and make informed decisions based on those priorities.
Priorities and decisions are closely related. Many decisions involve making a choice about what is more important. When faced with a decision which effects budget, time, design, sustainability, aesthetics and any number of other factors, your goals will guide you to balance your priorities for the overall success of your project.
A home project involves thousands and thousands of decisions. Some decisions are easy to make and others are hard. Each decision takes you one step further along the path of your project. You want each decision to move you a step closer towards your final goal, and not take you on a detour.
Imagine you're building a new home and have a limited budget (probably not much imagining required!!).
Setting goals allows you to establish a realistic budget for your project. By defining your goals, you can allocate funds and other resources appropriately and avoid overspending. Goals also help you manage your resources effectively, ensuring that they are utilized in a way that aligns with your desired outcomes.
Some of you will have a specific time deadline for your project such as the arrival of a child or to move in ready to celebrate Thanksgiving or some other holiday.
It's vital that the date that a project will be finished makes up part of the goals, however I would advise you to be flexible about your deadline until your deadline is set.
The timeline of your project is more likely to be set by your contractor unless you're managing your project yourself.
Home projects are a team sport.
Clear goals facilitate effective communication and collaboration with the professionals working on your project. When you can clearly articulate your goals, it becomes easier for architects, contractors and designers to understand your expectations and deliver results that align with your vision.
A home project is hard work, but nothing beats the day you're finished and move in. Actually I think the real reward comes about a year later when everything to do with your home project has been finished for a while and you can reflect on the joy of living in your new home.
I hope I’ve managed to convince you of the importance and benefits of setting goals for your project.
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