How to Survive Your Home Renovation Project
24 July 2019
Once construction begins on your home renovation project, your renovation company will be doing most of the work. But that doesn’t mean you don’t still have a life to live. Adapting your life around the commotion in your own home during a renovation project can be a major challenge. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be.
Many households begin renovation projects with no plan to maintain their lifestyle through the weeks or months when their routines are disrupted.
With one of the major rooms in your home torn apart and unusable for weeks or months and strangers in and out of your home all day, having a plan to preserve your lifestyle is essential. Check out our top eight tips to help you survive your home renovation!
1. Make sure you’re ready
Whatever the renovation project, you want to ensure that your routines are disrupted only as briefly as possible. Anything that can be taken care of without tearing your home apart should be taken care of before construction begins. For example, if you tear out a wall in your bathroom and haven’t yet ordered the materials to replace it, you’ve suddenly added days of discomfort to your renovation. Make sure everything is ready to go before the first hammer falls!
2. Stay tidy
Your renovation project will invade on your space. You’ll certainly notice that you have less room to work with, and that makes cleanliness all the more important. With limited space, clutter can pile up more quickly and dampen morale. Commit yourselves to tidy habits and you’ll still feel like you have command of your space.
3. Find outdoor activities
Your home is likely to be a bit noisy and crowded while your renovation is underway. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just to get away from it all. Pick up some outdoor activities that will separate you from the bustle within your home. Go for a jog. Take the dogs for daily walks. Maybe just do some reading in the park.
Just because your house is full of construction workers doesn’t mean you can’t still find your zen.
4. Take the first half of your ‘before and after’ photos
Taking “before” photos will help you invest emotionally in the project as it progresses. This can make your renovation more enjoyable and much more exciting!
5. Remember you’re not the expert
Most people try to do their part during renovations to speed things up and keep costs down. That’s great! Perhaps you’ve put up wallpaper before or know how to assemble and install the new cupboard setup. If you’re capable, why pay someone else to do it, right?
Doing your part is great and has its perks, but it’s best to know your limit. Don’t take on more than you can handle. Bad handiwork from your own hand can undermine all the great work your renovation company did and leave you dissatisfied with the outcome.
6. Set up a temporary replacement for your renovated room
If you’re renovating your kitchen, where will you cook? If you’re renovating your bathroom, where will you shower? Too many households ask this question of themselves too late. Before your project begins, consider creating a makeshift, temporary replacement living space for the functions of the room your renovating. This could be as simple as a portable stovetop on the garage workbench or as extensive as relocating all your bedroom furniture to the study. Whatever it is, make sure you can still use your home once the work begins.
7. Set realistic expectations
Let’s face it: your renovation will probably run long. Even the top renovation company Auckland has to offer can’t predict every little obstacle that will arise during your renovation. Set realistic expectations about your renovation so that you don’t wind up frustrated or unprepared.
8. Stay positive
The most important thing you can do during your renovation is to stay positive. Soon, you’ll have an even better home than you had before, and the process will have been more than worth it. Keep your spirits up and try to enjoy the ride!
The right renovation company will make it easy
If you’re nervous about the thought of a major home renovation project, LD Construction can put your mind at ease. With our free consultations, fixed-price guarantee, and transparent communication, our renovation specialists will exceed expectations and ensure you’re never out of the loop. Delivering the highest quality on time and at budget is what makes us the leading name in renovations Auckland wide. Contact LD Construction today to get started!