When time comes to tour houses, you may feel like you’re on an HGTV show. You have your wish list, your budget, and you’re on the search for the perfect home. You may not have Chip and Joanna Gaines showing you around, but the idea is still similar to your favorite home shows.
Shows like Fixer Upper and Love It or List It showcase the beautiful ways to transform a home into your own space. It takes a lot of work to remodel—or even redecorate—a house but the professionals on HGTV sure know their stuff. In fact, some HGTV stars have built highly successful home empires based off their talents in home and interior design.
For some fun inspiration, check out these tips coming from eight HGTV stars about how they take on a project and turn it into success. Whether you’re looking for a new home or thinking of taking on your own DIY project, learn how these home experts find success amidst all the challenges (courtesy of The Zebra).
1. Get inspired
Home magazines, Pinterest, and even your favorite stores can give great inspiration for what you want in a home. Get out there and keep notes of what ideas you love.
2. Plan ahead
If you’re buying a home or starting a new project, you’ll want to determine your budget and timeline before getting started.
3. Hire the right people
A realtor can take a lot of the stress out of the home buying process and make it a lot more enjoyable. Likewise, an experienced contractor or can help your home renovations run smoothly.
4. Do the prep work
While you’ve got many people around to help, it never hurts to do your own research too. Look up neighborhoods, schools, and home values to determine your ideal area. If you’re renovating a home, research materials and options before making your decisions.
5. Sharpen your skills
This can be a learning experience for you too! Talk to friends who have recently bought or sold a house to get their take on the process so you’ll know what to expect.
6. Watch that budget
Like home renovations, buying a home can quickly go out of budget. Your dream home may come along, but not fit the price point. Be open minded, but keep your limitations in mind.
7. Don’t give up
Both home renovations and searching for a home can take longer than expected sometimes. Trust the process and don’t make decisions just because you want to speed it up.
8. Commit to quality
Don’t skip the details. Your home is one of the biggest aspect of your life so it’s important it makes you happy.