Planning on doing some major home renovation work in the near future? You’re likely to encounter some inconveniences and headaches during the entire process. Did you know that more than half of the respondents from a recent survey reported that renovating their home was hard on their marriages? Nearly 12 percent even admitted that their projects led them to consider a separation or divorce! Here are some ways to reduce the stress on you and your family:
Prepare the house: Start by moving everything out of the area of the future worksite. Not only will your things be safe, but more space makes it easier for workers to do their job. Don’t forget to store your clothing in plastic garment bags, and protect floors with heavy duty cardboard or plastic. Home renovation can be stressful for pets, too, so try to keep pets in a part of the house that’s not being worked on.
Communicate, communicate, communicate: Make sure you, your spouse, your children and anyone else living in your home knows what’s happening with the home project on day-to-day basis.
Think outside the box: If work is being done in your kitchen you’ll have to make arrangements for cooking. The solution? Set up a makeshift kitchen in another area of the house. A microwave, toaster oven and rented bar fridge will get you through this time of transition.
Get social: As if you need an excuse to see more of friends and family, this is the perfect time to get out more. Make plans for dinner, play dates and weekend getaways.
Call in the experts: After the work is done, a professional cleaner is worth every penny. Dust from drywall and wood can take a lot of effort and time to remove. A cleaning company can come in after the work is done to get your house back in pre-renovation shape (or better!)