Anyone who has embarked on a home renovation or home improvement project knows that it can be one of the big stressors in life. There is usually a lot of money involved along with a timeline attached, which is stressful enough. Throw in the inconvenience and disruption of a construction crew into your once peaceful oasis, and you may be ready to pull your hair out. To make sure that not only your home but that your family survives the home renovation process, here are 3 ways to prepare yourself, your family and your home in order to have a little less stress during this chaotic time.
The more organized you are the less stressed out you will be. Make sure that you and your family sit down before even hiring a contractor and get to planning. No matter how big or small your home renovation is you want to come up with a budget, get quotes from various companies, and also plan on living accommodations if certain areas of the home will be unusable during the renovation process. David Caolo, contributor for unclutterer.com, writes that one of the benefits of being more organized is less stress. The more organized that you are the less stressed out you will be during the home renovation process.
Good and productive communication is key when it comes to having less stress during home renovations. Make sure that you have good communication with not only your spouse, but also with your contractor, crew or project manager if you decide to hire one to delegate. You obviously want to hire the best contractor for the job, but you also need to know how to get the best work from your contractor and that will be through good communication.
Prepare For Delays
Delays happen, and part of the getting organized process is expecting that something or lots of things may go wrong or take longer than anticipated. If you ever watch any of those home improvement shows you know that there is almost always an electrical issue, bad plumbing or even the discovery of asbestos that causes the homeowners massive amounts of stress. Delays usually are stressful because it means that the renovation process will be longer (and typically more expensive) than anticipated but if you prepare for them going into the renovation process then at least your stress levels won’t go through the roof.
Stress not only is unhealthy for us, but it can also lead to marital issues, addiction problems, and a slew of other disastrous consequences. It is important to minimize stress during home renovations and improvements any way you can. By properly organizing, preparing and communicating throughout the renovation process, you will ensure that your family will be less stressed from beginning to end.