Did you know that statistically, twelve out of thirteen people choose a vacation over a home remodel?
It is weird, isn’t it? Also, it is a lie. Or maybe a lucky guess. There’s really no way to know.
However, skipping a vacation to start a remodel makes sense – all of the sudden, you find yourself with an extra amount of money and free time. To successfully finish a remodel, you need both.
But would you give up something you were probably looking forward to for a long period of time, to do something that’s not really enjoyable until it’s over?
While discussing this topic – over the phone, since one of us is on the vacation and the other one is in the middle of a living room remodel (hey, maybe the vacation:remodel ratio is 50:50!) – we came to a conclusion: there’s really no need to choose between a vacation and a remodel, because home remodel is just like (if not better than) taking a vacation.
Now, we can see you, skeptic Reader, shaking your head with disapproval. But bare with us, as we elaborate.
1. The reasons for starting a home remodel are the same as for taking a vacation
From the “Why not?” to the “I need a change of scenery”, reasons are really the same. People like change.
And yes, travels enrich the life, but going to the same summer house year after year, after year, after year, doesn’t. Does it?
Either way, aesthetics also enriches life, so unless you’re planning to travel the world, or at least go somewhere new, where local cuisine is amazing and surrounding (natural or man-made) is breathtaking, we’ll call it even.
Maybe rather than changing the scenery, you should add some greenery? Did you see our dreamy collection? Just looking at those photographs will be a vacation for your eyes.
2. Going on a vacation cost as much as a home remodel
Okay, depending on the type of vacation and the type of remodel, but you get the picture.
But both usually cost more than you predicted. See how similar they are?
A reality is, in order to do it properly, you have to have a certain amount of money saved up. There’s nothing enjoyable about a vacation you’ll be paying off months after you’re back home, nor it is satisfying to finish a remodel only to realize you spent way more money than you expected.
Sure, you could go on a weekend getaway, but you know what? You could invest that money in few sets of lovely bed linen and feel like you’re on a weekend getaway every night and every morning? And yes, it is really that easy – new bed linen transforms a bedroom in no-time.
3. Prep work lasts longer than the activity
Did you ever try to make ice cream at home? If not, we don’t blame you. If yes, whose idea was to invent a dessert you have to wait for 24 hours? Who plans a dessert 24 hours in advance? The whole industry of desserts relies on poor judgment and people not thinking twice about what they are about to eat.
Prep work is actually the biggest and unavoidable part of the remodel / vacation, too. If you do it right, the execution of the plan will be a joy.
But joy is also a slice of a cold watermelon eaten outside, After all, what is bigger than a small win?
4. It’s about the journey, not about the destination
Is there anything in this world where this expression does not work as much as it doesn’t work in the context of a vacation or a home remodel? They are so about the destination!
Well yes, the journey can be long, and maybe not the most pleasant time you ever spent, but it is worth it. The only difference is, if you went on a vacation, eventually you’ll have to go back. And if you finished a remodel, you’ll never want to leave again.
5. You’ll be taking pictures like you are on the vacation.
No matter if you went to the end of the world or you painted your living room in that deep blue color you always wanted, chances are, you’ll dedicate your Instagram account to that. Maybe you’ll even start a blog. And why wouldn’t you? Not many people traveled to the end of the world nor found such an amazing shade of dark blue.
Either way, we would follow you on Instagram and read your blog.
Either way, people would leave comments like “What’s with the most perfect life ever?”
But as you go through your photographs, instead of the bittersweet taste of nostalgia, you’ll be thinking “OMG, I can’t believe I get to live here”.
And that’s why we’re cheering for the home remodel. It’s not that we really think you shouldn’t go on a vacation. Come on, you know us better than that.
We believe in creating joyful ambiance for everyday life. We believe in enjoying being at home. Sometimes it comes with a price, but on this blog, we do our best to help you go through with it, in the easiest way possible.
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