From using holiday time to setting out your budget, check out our renovating hacks to make your renovation stress free!
Set a budget that is clear
Budget issues during renovations are probably one of the biggest issues between couples. Make sure you discuss your budget (and how you’ll pay for things) at the very beginning of the process. How much of your savings do you have and how much will you use other funds (credit cards, home equity loans, etc.). Losing money faster than you expect can be extremely stressful. It is never a pleasant topic, but you will keep your cool when other problems come up during the renovations if you set a budget and create a contingency fund.
Choose your arguments carefully
When searching for the perfect space, it’s easy to get caught up in the details. A major contributor to renovation stress may be picking at every detail. The ability to identify the one must-have has allows other details to be deferred and compromised.
Separate the work into sections
It’s easy to let your renovation consume so much of your time and budget that it begins to colour all your interactions. When you spend time with your family, compartmentalising the renovation helps you leave the stress of costs, materials, and contractors behind. It’s like a workday: You can work for ‘x’ hours, then focus on other things afterward. When you’re spending time with family, don’t focus on fixtures or paint samples. To maintain your sanity, that means no online house hunting or discussing the renovation after certain hours,
Take advantage of your holiday time
Now is a great time for you or your spouse to use any holiday time they may have. Although you might want to relax on a beach and enjoy a drink after your renovation, chances are that your time would be better spent at home. Working on a renovation during daylight hours is less stressful, whether you’re overseeing a cabinet installation or getting your paintbrush wet. Working a full day and trying to schedule around your hours or going home to work on the house after a long day at the office eats up your energy. You don’t have to use up all your holiday time, but budgeting for a few hours or days can seriously reduce your renovation stress.
Collaboration is key
If you’re willing to slow down, renovations can be a great time to reconnect with your family. Choose an easy and inconsequential project – painting a small space or creating art for the wall, for example – and complete it together. You won’t only be creating memories and connections to your home, but it will also serve as a great reminder of why you’re improving it. Who is it for if it’s not for you and your family?
Take a break from your house
You can easily let your life get consumed by something you just want done. If you devote every waking moment to your renovation, you will find yourself stressed out. Taking a few days off from your house can help you reduce your anxiety. In the end, just being there reminds you of everything that needs to be done. You need to recharge your batteries to keep working after a staycation for a night or two at a local hotel or just getting out of the house on a Saturday afternoon. Working on your house for the most consecutive hours doesn’t win any awards. Taking a break from the project is a good idea.
Maintain a routine
Renovations can really disrupt your daily routine, which is one of the reasons why they are so stressful. It’s enough to raise your blood pressure when your kitchen is out of commission, or you have to sleep in the guest room. Keep your regular routine as much as possible. Though you might be eating takeout more than usual, it can definitely help to continue waking up at the same time and eating meals at home, even if it is fast food. It’s hard enough to renovate a house as it is. If you stick to your regular routine, they will feel less disruptive.
Flexibility is key
Renovations are never perfect. Along the way, there will be material mixups and timing issues. You will be less stressed if you accept that from day one. You will only experience anxiety if you stick to a rigid schedule and have unrealistic expectations. Make sure your renovation includes plenty of contingencies, from a padded timeline to backup materials. It’s infinitely more pleasant to stay flexible and know that eventually it will be done.
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