It’s been five weeks since my condo purchase in Park City. My hopes and dreams for a quick renovation were dashed in short order. Work has not yet begun, but I’m actively using my Life Renovation Survival Tactics.
My first lesson on this Life Renovation project is that no matter how insanely prepared I am, there is no rushing contractors. It took over four weeks to get bids, despite providing a six-page, room-by-room requirement list. On this delay, I did not do well with my plan to expect the unexpected. But, now I have a new normal for timelines.
I selected a contractor this week and now the wait for permissions and permits begins. The first snag was immediate and I just rolled with the punches. Need a letter from someone on vacation for a week? No problem, we’ll just wait.
In addition to meeting contractors, subcontractors and my complex management, I have been able to get some important things accomplished.
I met some nice neighbors at my estate sales to dispose of all the furnishings left behind by the previous owner. If I were in NYC, a set designer for a 1970’s play would have snapped up the lot.
My well-honed shopping skills have come in handy for selecting everything from cabinets to floors to backsplash tiles. I’m having fun and enjoying the creative process. When work begins, I’ll be ready!
The most important accomplishment of the last month has been sticking to my self-care plan. Despite the unpredictable schedule, I’ve maintained a healthy diet and new exercise program that’s resulted in a few lost pounds. The pool in my new complex is now open and I have done some lounging and enjoying mountain views.
While demo has not yet begun on my Life Renovation, I’m taking it in stride and settling into a healthy summer routine. I hope to share more progress in my next update, and continue to keep my cool as the summer heats up!