How to make renovating your home a stress-free experience
Many families get to the stage when their home becomes too small to suit their needs. Growing kids and the mountain of stuff that they have can take up a lot of space in your home, so you may reach a point where you need a lot more room to accommodate the needs of your growing family. There are two ways to gain this much-needed space: you may choose to move to a bigger house, or you may decide to stay where you are but increase the size of your home to make it better suit your needs.
Moving home can be a significant upheaval and an incredibly stressful experience. Opening up your house for strangers to look around can feel like an inconvenient and uncomfortable situation. Alternatively, renovating your home to increase its size is a perfect option if you love the location of your house and feel settled there. In the time it would take to sell your home, find a new one, and then move in, you could already have renovated your existing home so that it matches your requirements perfectly.
One big concern that you may have about renovating is the disruption and stress that it may cause to your family life. While there is always going to be a level of disruption involved in any renovation project, there are ways that you can minimise the stress that the work causes. Here are some top tips to help you make your renovation project as stress-free as possible while your house is transformed into the home of your dreams.
Have a clear plan
Having a clear plan to help you to decide precisely what you want from your renovation is the best way to reduce stress from the start of the project. Having a clear plan enables you to ensure the result of the project perfectly suits your needs and also allows you to monitor the progression of the renovation more closely.
Having a clear idea in mind of what you want to achieve from the project and how that will be made a reality is an essential part of preparing for your renovation. It will ensure that the finished transformation suits your needs exactly. If you have a vague idea of what you want from your house renovation but feel unsure of how that will translate into real life, it is useful to look at details of other similar projects that people have undertaken with their homes. There are some great websites that feature real-life projects to provide you with lots of fantastic ideas to inspire your renovation.
Set your budget
One thing that is guaranteed to get you stressed out during your project is money. Not having a set budget for the project can see the costs of renovation spiralling out of control and causing you sleepless nights. Once you have established your plan of what the project will look like, it is wise to see how this marries up with your available budget. You can play around with your budget to achieve the result that you planned, but this may involve re-allocating money from one part of the project to another. This stage is all about compromises and choosing where you would rather spend your money and which areas you would like to save money on.
Knowing that you have a budget in place to work with, and that you have calculated your projected spend on each part of the project can help you to keep the renovation under control and will help reduce the likelihood of it costing more than it should.
All being well, your home transformation will stay within your budget, and your calculations will prove to be accurate. However, to reduce the stress of the project further, it is advisable to have a contingency fund in place to help cover any unexpected costs that may arise while the work is taking place.
Choose the best tradespeople
The tradespeople that you hire to work on your job is one of the most significant decisions that you will make during your renovation project. Choosing the best tradespeople for the job will provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that the job is being completed correctly and to the highest standard.
As well as offering an excellent standard of work, you also need tradespeople that are reliable. Otherwise, you risk being left for months with a half-finished project while waiting for the tradespeople to come back and complete the job.
Choosing the best builder, plumber and electrician that you can find to work on your renovation is well worth the effort. Ask friends for personal recommendations, and also check that they have appropriate certifications to verify their level of skill and professionalism.
If you have young children, chances are that they are fascinated by all the tools and gadgets that the tradespeople are bringing into your home, and love to see walls being knocked down and holes being dug outside. While it is only natural that little ones will be curious about the work taking place in your home, it is vital to prioritise health and safety by ensuring that they stay away from any potential hazards and out of the way of harm.
Protect your belongings
With tradespeople coming back and forth into your home and walls being torn down, the chances are that there will be a lot of dust and debris flying around your house. It is wise to move any valuable items and furniture that you would like to protect out of the way in case they are accidentally damaged or get covered in dust during the building work.
Keeping your belongings out of the way will also help to make the main walkways through the house a lot clearer and less chaotic, meaning less stress for everyone.