To many people, it seems as though home improvement ideas are everywhere. Standing in line to check out at the grocery store, you’re confronted with glossy magazine covers with headlines that shout out ideas on how to update your kitchen. The internet is filled with blogs, images, and tips on how to create DIY masterpieces. And it’s not possible to flip through TV channels without at least glimpsing the latest show on HGTV designed to create envy and motivation for in the viewer. With all of this imagery, it can often feel as though everyone is embarking on their journey toward a new and better home except for you. You may have similar goals and aspirations, but for some reason, you aren’t acting on them - choosing instead to merely look on enviously at what appears to be an unending stream of successful projects. What’s holding you back? Why aren’t you diving head first into a project of your own, instead of merely watching and wishing?

When it comes to home improvement envy and a lack of motivation to tackle your own projects, you aren’t alone. There are countless people out there who dream about, plan for, and even get as far as designing their new home without ever pulling the trigger. A myriad of fears ranging from the cost to the complete unknown of how a project will go ultimately hold you back. And while it's true that remodels and renovations are costly, time-consuming, and stressful, it’s also true that they can be life changing, joyful, and full of satisfaction for those that complete them.

While it may not seem as though it’s fear holding you back, and you may feel like you have a list of very valid reasons why you aren’t moving ahead with your goals, the truth of the matter is that you’re scared. After all, home improvements are scary! Even for those who have already lived through them, even for those who are part of the industry, they can still be terrifying. This is your home; your greatest asset, and the place where you go to feel safe at the end of the day. Home improvements force you to open your home to strangers. To rip it to pieces in the process of creating something better. And worst of all, you pay for this privilege. You spend thousands of dollars, money you could be using for something else, to have your most personal space torn to bits. This process can be terrifying for anyone, and especially for someone who has never entered into a home improvement project before.

Identifying Your Fear

For everyone, there’s one specific thing that’s likely the fear that’s stopping you from going forward. Yes, the entire process is scary, but if you truly think about it, there’s likely one aspect that’s really stopping you. For some, it’s money. Will the project cost more than you’re budgeting for? Will your contractor rob you blind, taking your money and stopping work in the middle of the project?

For others, it’s the fear of letting people into your home. How can you trust them? Will they listen to your ideas? Will they work with you, or will they assert their own agenda?

Still, for other people, it’s the fear of the project itself. What’s going to happen to your home? How will you live through the process? How will you eat without a kitchen for 6 weeks?

Before you start to get worked up about these issues, rest assured; there are answers to all of these questions. There are ways of holding contractors accountable, finding a reputable person for the job, and discovering what will happen to your home before it happens. But, to get the assurances you need, and the ability to move forward, you first need to acknowledge the issue; you need to figure out exactly what it is that’s holding you back.


The process of acknowledging your fears and confronting them isn’t easy. It’s also not something that you probably want to do. However, think of all the times you’ve looked through Pinterest or Instagram at images of people’s beautiful, renovated homes. The times you’ve watched HGTV and the amazing transformations. And the times when you’ve imagined those transformations on your own home.

If you haven’t pulled the trigger yet, it’s time to ask yourself why not. To find out what’s stopping you from moving forward, and to acknowledge the issue. Once you do, you can start making plans for how to deal with them.

There are solutions for every issue, but the only way you can start implementing them, or even finding them, is by first discovering what the issue is.