Wednesday 19 July 2017

Bearing The Load: Renovating A Home With Children In Tow

For any level headed person, renovating your home can be a Titanic task. If you are renovating your home and you have children you may feel that vein in your forehead will pop at any moment, but this is something we all feel during the renovation process. It can be challenging to keep calm when you are knee deep in rubble, and the kitchen sink has been unplugged for a month, but there are things you can do to help save your sanity during this process.


Do One Room At A Time

If you are hoping to renovate the whole home, you're better off doing it bit by bit and focusing on specific rooms. The best way to start off would be to renovate the smaller rooms and move on to the larger ones because that way you will know exactly what it takes to renovate the average sized room so you can factor in time and effort. It's always best to focus on the rooms like the bathroom or kitchen as soon as possible because they will yield the biggest return on investment.

Always Enlist Professionals Where You Can

While you may have a partner that thinks that all they need is a hammer and a couple of nails and the home will be spick and span in a matter of days, in reality, this is far from the case. While building a home extension, you need professionals to see the task through on time and on budget. It's always important to get professionals who come verified rather than the cowboy builders who are cheap, yet unreliable!


Always Set A Deadline

A deadline is useful because it will give you that motivation to get the work done as quickly as possible. However, it's always important to remember that your home renovation may go over time (as well as over budget). But if you have a deadline you can stick to, it's better than not having one and working aimlessly for 2 years when it could take 3 to 5 months. When estimating how long it would take it's best to add on an extra 20 or 30% to your calculations. It may be a cliche, but it is always best to expect the unexpected!

Make A Space For Yourself

The stress of the whole process means that you will feel like it's going nowhere and you are very close to giving up. And yes, it can be overwhelming, but this just means you need time to yourself away from the house. Send the kids to their grandparents and spend a weekend away somewhere that hasn't got bags of cement in the kitchen! It's better for you to recharge so you can get back to work with a clear mind and a more positive outlook.

The whole renovation process feels like it could envelop you at times, but this is par for the course. You know at the very end it will be worth it when you see how great your home looks, and only then will you realise that it wasn't as bad as you initially thought.