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Managing Your Life While You Renovate Your Home: Simple Tips To Make Your Project Run Smoothly

Closeup shot of a hummer and tools on the stairs during the house construction
Closeup shot of a hummer and tools on the stairs during the house construction

Renovating your home can be an exciting prospect. The idea of revamping an old room or creating an entirely new space fills us with anticipation. However, the reality of living in the midst of a construction zone is often chaotic, noisy, and stressful.

There is no need to worry about these stressors, though. Everyone goes through them when renovating their homes and they all come out on the other side. Although, it can help to know what you are in for beforehand. This article will provide practical tips to make your renovation experience more manageable.

Planning And Prep

During the preliminary planning stages, it does help to expect the unexpected. Embarking on a home renovation means stepping into a realm where unexpected challenges are par for the course. Budget overruns, delayed deliveries, and last-minute design changes may occur. It’s important to account for this uncertainty by being mentally and financially prepared.

A realistic budget is your greatest ally. Make sure to account for labour, materials, and any extras. It’s wise to add an additional 10-20% to your budget for unexpected expenses. Keeping a clear record of costs can help you stay on top of your finances and prevent unwelcome surprises.

The Execution

Depending on the scale of the renovation, you may need to find alternative accommodation. If you decide to live in your home during the renovation, it’s crucial to designate a safe, dust-free space where you can relax. It also helps to find somewhere to store your furniture to protect it from the mess that is to come. Renovations inevitably come with dust and noise. High-quality dust sheets, sealing off doors to unrenovated areas, and regular cleaning can help manage dust levels. Regarding noise, plan for quiet activities outside of the house during peak construction times.

It also makes sense to protect your mental health- particularly if you are someone who has struggled with this issue in the past. Renovations can be stressful, disrupting your routine and sense of peace. It’s important to take time out to unwind and detach from the renovation. This could be as simple as taking a walk, practising mindfulness, or spending a day out with family or friends. Regular communication with those around you about the progress, any concerns, and collective decisions is vital. Try to maintain a sense of humour to keep the atmosphere light.


Anyone who has undergone a home renovation before knows that the job is never truly finished. You can always find little snags along the way or long after the project is finished. A snag list is a compilation of issues or faults that you notice during the final walkthrough of your renovated home. A thorough snag list helps ensure your builder addresses any remaining problems before declaring the project complete, so you don’t have to continue to worry.

It also helps to celebrate the end of a major project like this. After weeks or even months of chaos in your home, you have deserved the chance to blow off some steam. You’ve not just survived a home renovation; you’ve created a new space to enjoy. Throw a small gathering or simply take a moment to appreciate your hard work. This also helps bring closure to the project and transition into your new living space.

The End Result

The last thing you must do is ensure that you enjoy your new space. Take time to appreciate the changes. This is the reward for your endurance and hard work. Whether it’s a kitchen, a bedroom, or an entirely new extension, enjoy the fruits of your labour.

To summarise, managing life during a home renovation is undoubtedly challenging. However, with good planning, open communication, and a dose of patience, you can not only survive but thrive amidst the chaos. And in the end, you’ll be rewarded with a home that truly reflects your tastes and needs.

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