Remodeling projects are so exciting during the planning phase that it can be easy to overlook how stressful the actual remodeling process will be. No matter how well you plan and prepare, there will always be some level of stress and agitation associated with a remodeling project. However, you can greatly reduce the impact of your remodel with some thoughtful planning that will be your ticket to surviving a remodeling project.
Have a Sit-Down
One of the first things that need to happen when you’re planning to have a major remodel done is facilitating a sit-down discussion with your partner. You’re in this together, and this is their home too. You should discuss the budget, materials, and design. In addition, acknowledge that the disruption of the remodel will likely be met with agitation and shorter tempers—consider ways to manage the stress and keep yourselves from falling into patterns of anger and volatility. The upheaval of your daily life and limited privacy during the remodel will be understandably stressful, so plan accordingly.
Plan Your Daily Life Around the Remodel
Depending on which area of the home is being remodeled, you will likely have to make decisions on how to manage day-to-day life without your usual luxuries. For a kitchen remodel, you will need to plan around not having a functional space to cook or wash dishes. During planning, discuss options such as eating out more frequently, eating with friends or family, or finding portable solutions that allow you to continue to cook some meals during the remodel. For a bathroom remodel, it’s easiest if there is another full bath to use that will function as an acceptable substitute. However, a master bath could lead to trouble in the master bedroom due to the fact that the area being worked on is directly connected to it. Troubleshooting any potential problems beforehand can make the process a lot easier.
Think About Storage
During a remodel you will likely have to store anything from that area of the home—whether it’s furniture, wall art, decorations, or home goods such as cookware. This doesn’t just get it out of the way for your contractors—it protects your property from damage and dust buildup so you’re not left with a huge mess to clean after the remodel is complete and the crew has gone. If you have space in the garage or a shed, that is ideal. It can also help if a friend or a family member has some extra space you can borrow. Otherwise, you may have to consider renting a storage unit and moving your belongings out during the remodeling process.
Set Up Dust Barriers
Remodeling is dirty work, and dust will find its way into every nook and cranny of your home. It’s just science. To combat this, you can use tarps or drop cloths to create a barrier between the work area and other areas of the home to keep the construction dust contained as much as possible. This can be especially important if there are children or pets in the home, as they have more fragile respiratory systems that may be agitated by construction dust. Keeping it contained will keep the rest of your home as clean as possible and lower the risk of dust inhalation for everyone in the home.
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