Home improvements are always exciting starting out, but they’re rarely smooth sailing from start to finish—especially when it comes to big remodeling projects. Sometimes things go awry due to simple mistakes like mis-measuring an area, getting a shipment in the wrong color, miscommunications with your contractor, and everything in between.
Deciding to take the plunge and do that home
improvement project you’ve been dreaming of should be an exciting and rewarding
process, not one that leaves you sitting up at night or biting your nails in
anticipation. However, that’s often easier said than done.
Here are a few things you can do to help
get through your home improvement project as
stress-free as possible.
Take It One Step at a Time
Doing too much too fast can be overwhelming,
especially when you’re trying to balance work and family obligations. Not only
that, but feeling like you need to rush through a project can lead to mistakes
that affect the quality (both functionally and aesthetically) of your final
Divide up the tasks that are required to complete the renovation and create a daily to-do list. Depending on the scope of the project, you might be able to complete everything in a few days. However, many renovations, like remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, will take much longer—especially if you’re doing it yourself. Having a plan in place will help you feel more organized and less stress about the work that lies ahead.
Sleep on Big Decisions
If you have a big decision to make like which contractor to hire,
which color cabinetry and tile you’re going to go with, or which project you’re
going to start with in your home, take a night to sleep on it. While you do
need to make these decisions, you don’t have to make snap judgements (in most
cases at least), so allow yourself to take a step back momentarily and properly
process your options. Most home improvement projects don’t come cheap, so
carefully weighing your options is an important part of the process to help ensure
you’re happy with what you end up with.
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because you’re thinking about the work on your house? Try CBD
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calm, sleep more peacefully, and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to make
Pick and Choose Your Battles
Whether it’s coming to compromises with your
partner on certain aspects of the project, or even points of conflict with your
contractor, it’s important to pick and choose your battles throughout the
process or you will drive yourself crazy. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t
voice your opinion and collaborate with everyone involved to create exactly
what you want, but if you’re working with a contractor or your partner to
complete the project, you’ll need to relinquish some control. For example, it
may be more important to you to stand your ground on the design of your bedroom while your partner may
be more invested in the bathroom renovation.
One thing to consider is that if you’re having major issues with a contractor, it may be worthwhile considering whether you can get out of your contract and find someone else to help. A key factor in avoiding these types of situations is thoroughly vetting your remodeling company before making a commitment—read reviews, ask for a proposal, etc.
Practice Stress Management Techniques
Last but not least, if the stress of your home
upgrades is affecting you significantly, you may want to try some proven stress
management techniques to help take the pressure off. We recommend starting with
these easy techniques:
- Meditation (beginners can start with a guided meditation app)
- Journaling (spend 30 minutes or so journaling about your day to put your thoughts on paper)
- Listening to calming music (there are plenty of free places that are perfectly curated for relaxation)
- Yoga (see if your gym has free classes or find a free video online)
Make sure to also get outside the house to clear
your head and step away from the source of your stress. It will help get your
mind off of the project, even if it’s only for a short period of time.
You should love the space you live in from creating a kitchen that’s functional and welcoming, to designing a living room that’s perfect for nights in watching
Netflix as well as entertaining.
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