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5 Ways to Reduce Stress During a Remodel

Five helpful tips from your Miami Valley home remodeling experts

Home remodels can be stressful. And while there’s no way to completely avoid stress, there are ways to mitigate the stress and how much it impacts your life. Here are our best tips for reducing home remodeling stress:

#1: Manage your expectations. There is no such thing as the perfect remodel. Our design-build process absolutely helps remove a lot of these imperfections, but there is bound to be a hiccup or two during your home remodel. That’s okay. We’ll work through it together.

#2: Communication is key. One of the best ways to reduce your home remodeling stress is to maintain good, open communication with your remodeler. This will allow you to provide input as questions arise and allow you to adjust your schedule if the contractor’s timetable changes due to material or labor availability.

#3: Consider alternative living arrangements during the project. The bigger the home remodel, the more you should consider living elsewhere for the duration. An active construction zone (plastic zip walls, loud noises, saw and drywall dust) can be overwhelming and may be more than you’re willing to live with for an extended period. Although inconvenient and expensive, it might be something you want to consider.

#4: Plan for meals, bathing, and laundry. If your kitchen is being remodeled, you’re going to need an alternative solution for making your meals. Perhaps this is a hot plate and a microwave set up in your garage. Or maybe you add to your budget so you can cover eating meals out.

Similarly, if your bathroom is under construction, you’re going to need somewhere to use the toilet and shower. Hopefully, you have a second bathroom you can use, but if you don’t (or if they’re both being remodeled), make plans with your family/friends/neighbors. Get a gym membership somewhere that has showers in the locker rooms.

If your laundry room is in the remodel, find your nearest laundromat or make arrangements with another household to come over and use their laundry machines for a little while. Don’t let the laundry just pile up, or you’ll end up giving yourself something else to stress about.

#5: Stay involved in your project. Stay involved and inspect your project thoroughly from time to time. Ultimately, you have to live with the end result, so stay engaged as the project progresses. If you have questions or concerns about anything, address them immediately. The sooner you address your concerns, the sooner your contractor can make the required changes.

If you are interested in remodeling your home, we highly recommend considering using a design-build remodeler, like us, to help mitigate as much remodeling stress as possible. Always do your due diligence and make sure you and your remodeling contractor are going to be compatible. 

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