Remodeling your home can be a very stressful process, particularly if there is extensive construction happening in the rooms you use the most. However, this process doesn’t have to be too overwhelming if you take some time to think about your mental health and prevent problems. Here are some tricks we tell our clients when home remodeling in St. Louis to help them relax.
Have multiple places where you can go to get away from the construction.
Unless you’re remodeling your entire home all at once, you probably won’t need to find other accommodations during the project. However, it still helps to have a place you can go to relax when the construction in your home gets too overwhelming. If you have friends or family in the area, ask if you can stay with them for a night or two, or look for affordable Airbnb rentals for the most intense part of the construction. You can also just take some time to go outside, get some exercise, or socialize with your loved ones for a few hours, and then you’ll be able to go home with less stress on your plate.
Create a makeshift kitchen and sleeping area before the remodeling starts.
One of the things that stresses homeowners out most about the process of remodeling is the lack of an effective kitchen or place to relax. Unfortunately, many homeowners realize this too late, when there isn’t much they can do about it. To prevent this from happening to you, set up an area with a microwave, mini fridge, and coffee maker, as well as some disposable silverware. You may also want to acquire some comfortable folding chairs or cots, as you never know when your leisure spaces will be taken.
Plan slowly, work efficiently.
The best way to reduce stress in the remodeling process is by really taking your time when planning the project to make sure that you know exactly what you want, and that you are completely set on the budget and scope of the project. Work closely with your contractor to make sure they are just as prepared as you are. However, when it comes time to actually get started, work with your contractor to create a schedule that is as efficient as possible given the scope of your project. This will prevent construction from dragging on unnecessarily and will help keep you sane.
Have a financial cushion.
Your renovation will likely be quite expensive, and even when you’re working in a budget, there’s always the temptation to go over your planned spending limit. Save up enough to have a financial cushion before you remodel to avoid this problem. If you have some extra money on hand while your remodel is in progress, you won’t feel stressed out if something unexpected occurs.
Remind yourself how great it will look when everything’s finished.
Even though your remodeling process may be stressful while it’s happening, you’ll be thrilled when you have a new space that you absolutely love. If you find yourself getting frustrated, just start picturing all the great memories you’ll make cooking in your finished kitchen or relaxing with your family on your redone porch. You can also look at photos of finished remodeling projects to inspire you. Once you think about the end result and how satisfying it will be, the stressful things won’t feel like such a big deal.
Remodeling can be challenging, but with some preparation, you can avoid stress and end up with an amazing new home. When things get difficult, just remember to breathe, and focus on one thing at a time.