Most homeowners dream about renovating their home. Whether it’s new counters, painted cabinets, or gutting an entire bathroom or kitchen, people dream big, and some decide to take the plunge! Before taking the plunge yourself, prepare yourself by reading these tips for living through a house renovation!
Pretty soon your plans and budget have expanded and your wallet will be screaming! Not to mention, your easy weekend project has turned into a month long fiasco and every time you use the toilet you walk through dust, debris, tarps and it starts to drive you crazy. Stick to your plans, however big or small, and you’ll be much happier with the results.
For example, one weekend I helped a friend take out a bathroom sink and paint the counters. Well, he accidentally chipped the sink when handling it, and pretty soon we were at Lowe’s looking at new sinks and sink repair kits and let’s just say it took a little longer than a weekend to finish! Oh the joys of renovations.
Take my advice and please, don’t do this to yourself! Take it one step at a time. Do the appliances. Then do the cabinets. Then move to the floors and trim. Stay sane by doing one project at a time.
Make sure you have a comfortable place to rest your head as well as a living area or somewhere you can go to relax without seeing the deconstructed part of your house. The most important part? Don’t let your “Safe Zone” be touched by the mess of construction. Another great tip, if you can plan a getaway, take the opportunity and take a break! Whether you choose a “Safe Zone” and/or a weekend getaway, both will help create a sense of peace and solace for you among project filled days.
5. Don’t Let Your Renovation Consume Your Life
It may seem like an easy task, however, upon closer inspection it can be more difficult than you anticipated. Don’t let your house renovation consume your life and every waking thought. As we went through our kitchen renovation, I remember constantly walking around everyday feeling like I had unfinished business and worrying about what needed to be bought or completed next. Guess what, I DID have unfinished business. But stressing about it just ruined my mood and my productivity outside of the project at home. Stressing about it absolutely did not make it magically happen more quickly. When you worry, you really just put yourself through everything twice—once while you’re worrying, and once again when you meet the event or circumstance you were worrying about beforehand. Take it from me and imagine everything progressing naturally and think of how happy you will be with the finished product.
I just know your renovation (whatever it may be) will be so worth it! Good luck, and remember, don’t stress about it! Things will fall into place and you will forget all the bumps along the way. Are there any tips you would add? Comment below!