How to survive a renovation
- But you can do this. You really can.
However, there are a few things you need to know.
The first and most important is to hire a professional. You might be tempted not to if you think you might save money by doing it yourself, but ask almost anyone. They’ll tell you a do-it-yourself renovation is hard on marriages and families. It’s also unpredictable. It’s just not worth it.
A professional renovator, particularly one who carries the RenoMark™ logo, is a highly-skilled expert who knows how to get the job done as quickly as possible, within budget, and in a clean and efficient way. A professional gets the job done and doesn’t need to waste time fixing big mistakes.
How well you survive the chaos of renovation also depends on how organized you are before it all begins. Here are some tips:
Pack up everything that is currently in the path of the renovation. Do this in organized fashion. Label everything in detail. If you need to find something, you’ll be able to put your fingers on it easily, and when it comes time to put things away in your beautiful new space, you’ll find the job so much easier and more pleasant.
Create an area in your home that can be your “sanctuary” away from the construction. Set up an alternative living room or family room. Make a small “kitchen” with a table, chairs, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, and bar fridge. If you can do this near a source of plumbing ‒ close to the laundry room, for instance, so much the better. If not, invest in disposable plates, cups, and cutlery.
Plan simple, nutritious meals that require only a few ingredients and need no cooking beyond what a microwave or toaster oven can do. You may want to eat out more than usual, but at least, with a bit of planning, you won’t have to. If you have a freezer nearby (but not in the renovation area), you’ll be able to make easily defrosted and heated meals well in advance.
If you have children, make sure this “alternate space” has activities for them. This might be a great time for board games, markers, some new books.
If it’s a big renovation that gobbles up your bathrooms and kitchen, you might need to take more drastic action and stay away from home for at least the worst of it. Your renovator can tell you how long that might be, and at what stage in the process.
If you do need to leave, don’t go too far, and stay in touch with your renovator. Be there to ask and answer questions, to make decisions
And finally, during those times that seem particularly disruptive, and you’re tired of it all, just remember what comes at the end of it. Take a deep breath, trust in your renovator, and wait for the dream to come true.
It will. You’ll see.