Renovations can be exciting as you revive your home and watch your vision come to life. Your hard work will pay off with careful planning and the right attitude. Here are our top four tips to help you minimize stress, stay on track and survive a home renovation.
1. Relocate Your Space
While exterior renovations such as replacing siding won’t impact your activities or comfort indoors, interior renovations can be a different story. If you can’t move out during a renovation, find an area in your home that can serve the same purpose as the upgraded room. For example, if undergoing a kitchen renovation, wash dishes in the bathroom sink and invest in a multi-purpose toaster oven. If renovating the bedroom, shift your sleeping arrangements to the living room.
2. Remain Inspired
Once design and materials are locked in and you have permits and a reliable contractor, the work can commence. Rome wasn’t built in a day; renovations take time, and it can be easy to lose sight of the outcome amidst the reno rubble. Create an inspiration board to remind yourself of the goal, and check in on daily progress to help keep you inspired.
3. Stay on Top of Cleaning
Go into the renovation with a vigilant cleaning mindset. Cover the floor and exposed furniture with plastic sheeting, tarps and drop cloths to protect surfaces from dust, paint and debris. Remove any paintings and wall decorations before work commences. Wipe away visible dirt, sweep floors and vacuum windowsills and tracks every day or two to minimize dirt accumulation.
4. Decrease Stress
While the outcome is worth it, deadlines, budgets, unforeseen issues, and changes to your living situation can be stressful. One of the best ways to decrease stress during a home renovation is to prioritize sleep. You can also try and stay out of the house as much as possible while work is underway.
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