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Making a home perfect for you and your family is a dream for many people. The idea of being able to create a custom-made space to suit your needs, decorated exactly as you like is hugely appealing. And with the costs of moving house so high, it’s little wonder that embarking on a home renovation is a popular choice for many. And although the end results can be amazing, you do have to live through a fair amount of chaos to get there, especially if you have children. While the ideal scenario is to move out while construction works are taking place, that isn’t possible for a lot of people, So, can you survive a home renovation project while also tackling the day to day issues of family life? Read on for some top tips…
Plan One Room At A Time
If you have a property where multiple projects needs carrying out, and you can’t afford to move somewhere else, then tackling lots of areas at once simply won’t work. Instead, you need to prioritise the most important rooms to get done and tackle them in order, so that you can close the door on the chaos and dirt as you go. Only you can decide what order to go in but as a general rule, if you have lots of ground floor rooms to reconfigure, it’s wise to make sure the bedrooms are sorted first so there’s somewhere calm to retreat upstairs. If it’s the bedrooms and bathrooms that need an update, make sure your family room is liveable downstairs.
Accept The Longer Timescales
It’s easy to get frustrated if things aren’t moving quickly enough, but when there’s a young family involved you have to learn to be patient. There’s no point in beginning to strip old wallpaper impulsively one evening if you can’t get it finished and will be waiting weeks for a painting contractor. The slow approach really is something you have to live with and especially if you intend on doing some of the work yourself. Get used to grinding a halt during nap times!
Timing Is Everything
When trying to accommodate a family and do major works to your home, you must take advantage of the most favourable times to do things. Fit in your major building works from September to November and January to May. This leaves the summer holidays and the Christmas period to concentrate on family activities and gives everyone a break from the noise and disruption of renovations. If there are things that need doing outdoors, schedule them in for April and May when the weather is likely to be kinder. Try to suit the activity to the time of year and the conditions, as much as possible.
Remember To Take A Break
You also need to look after yourself and stick to healthy habits. Working, raising a family and renovating your home is a lot, and there are bound to be times when you feel tired and stressed, so make sure you’re also taking down time out for yourself and your partner – even if it’s just a quiet walk or an afternoon curled up with your Kindle. Life has to be about balance so make sure you don’t put yourself in danger of burning out.