The process of updating a home is stressful. But when we take on our dream property, and we have a specific vision to see it through to the bitter end, we don’t give consideration as to how emotionally agonizing it can be. We all know that, but if we want to get our home just right, we’re going to have to endure a lot of hardship. But as the renovation process hinges on a few essentials, such as whether you’re going to stay in the home or not, the finances, not to mention the overall personal impacts, what can you do to ensure that you get through it in one piece?
Working Within A Budget
As you are bound by this, you have to make peace with what you want to do to your property, and if you have the necessary finances in which to cope. The budget can differ depending on the renovation. If you are adamant that you are going to change the house from top to bottom, is this going to take a lot out of your savings? But when we have the idea of our dream property, the most sensible starting point is to ensure that you have the savings behind you. This means that it’s not about having just enough to pay for the raw materials and the builders, but realistically we have to save an extra third on top of our allocated budget. This can be quite a stressy process all in itself, which is why the best solution is to renovate one room at a time.
Financially speaking, when we’ve agreed with the contractors how much everything is going to cost, and we make the necessary financial preparations, once all that is out of the way, we can then begin to save up for the next room, and the next one, and so on. The financial aspect is the most stressful of all because we’re not necessarily sure if we can cope. Not just in terms of the items that we have to buy, but with the builders and contractors too. But are we able to live our lifestyle in a reasonable manner? Some people choose to leave the property in the belief that it will take the stress out of the equation, but so many of us aren’t financially able to do that. If you have family members, it’s a far better idea to get as many people out of the house as possible. And if necessary, sending them to relatives in another part of town can mean that if you are working on the renovation yourself, you don’t have unnecessary distractions.
The Act Of Compromise
Because this is our dream home, the word “compromise” may be something that we don’t necessarily want to hear. But in order to reduce the stress of a major renovation project, especially when we live with other family members, compromise is essential. We are going to touch on a lot of sensitive issues when going through renovation. Not just in terms of discussing with our loved ones for the hundredth time where something should go, but when things go over budget, as they invariably do, it’s at this point that we may have to stop striving for perfection. Because we are after our dream home, there will be certain things that are beyond our control.
A very good example is when we can’t compromise on the structural aspects of the property. At the end of the day, safety is a priority and when we get into discussions with the builders, the temptation can be to pull rank on them. After all, you are the customer that’s paying for this, so you should have the final say, but what can be difficult, when we’re dealing with professionals is that, ultimately, we don’t have sound knowledge of the construction of a house, and when we have specific demands of our dream home, the vision we have in our minds is quite possibly going to be altered. It can take us some time to come around to this way of thinking, but while there are some aspects that we can have the final say on before we head into this project, we’ve got to make peace with the idea that it may not be 100% what we pictured. Stylistically, we have control, and when we are dealing with home roofing and siding contractors, interior decorators, and the specialists that deal with the purely aesthetic side of things, these are battles that we can win. But if we are ignorant of the little issues that can crop up in our home, such as if we’re not aware of a load bearing wall, these are things that will alter the final project and our vision.
Taking It One Day At A Time
It’s a lengthy process, and changing our home from top to bottom is a major undertaking. A home improvement comes with so many different components, from the safety aspects to the practicality, and the style of the place. This means that we have a lot to deal with, not to mention the numerous contractors. And when we are living in the property while all of this is going on it can be demoralizing to wake up every morning and see a kitchen that is half-finished, bags of cement everywhere, and no end date in sight. We could go into these things with the best intentions and set a time limit, and this should be done, but things can run over, and the more this happens, the more stress we will feel. We can say that a general time limit of 12 months will be enough to do an entire house, but this is 12 months of multitasking, stress in a financial sense, as well as it forms the basis of many domestic discussions. It’s hardly a surprise that there are many divorces that arise due to renovation problems. It helps for everyone to be on the same page, and while compromise is the personality trait we all have to embody to go through these difficult times, learning to control our stress triggers is what will help us in the long run.
Anything when it comes to fixing up a house is a long and arduous process, and it will be stressful, it just seems that so many of us didn’t realize just how stressful it is.