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10 Tips to Reduce Stress When Renovating

Home renovation can be a very stressful experience but it does
not have to be. Being clear in what you want and clear in the
steps needed to achieve that is vital to making sure you get a
satisfying end result. Remember home is where the heart is do
not forget to consider the “heart factor” when making decisions as
well.
Article written by Ms Kate Lim
Dancer / Entrepreneur / Writer
Here are 10 tips to guide you along your home renovations so that
we can help you reduce stress while creating your perfect home.
1) Have a Good Idea of the Scale of Your Home Renovation
Are you looking at a massive home remodeling project? Doing
initial renovations before moving into the home? Maybe simply
renovating a single room in your apartment? Knowing the scale of
your project will help you determine what kind of budget you
should prepare, how much time you require to oversee the
project and how many different types of experts you have to work with to get the project done.

2) Look for Photos of Your Ideal Look
Looking at the space configurations of the areas you want to renovate, start by looking at possible interpretations of
that space by looking up pictures for inspiration. These pictures will have form the basis of communication between
you, your interior designer, contractors, architects and etc.

3) Be Realistic
There are limitations to what you can do in a space. Sizes of the rooms, position of the doors, position of the windows,
budget and structural stability are important limitations to keep in mind. That is when you need to seek advice from the
experts you work with to check what it doable and what is not.

4) Set a Budget Buffer for the Project
From whatever amount quoted by the contractor, add another 10% extra on top of the quote for miscellaneous costs
and emergencies.

5) Select the Right People for the Job
Be sure to research and look up references for all the parties you want to hire for the job and look for those with more
experience and better reputation. Here you can find an in-depth discussion on the dos and don’ts in
Finding the Right
Contractor or Design Firm.

6) Follow Your Instinct
Besides logical considerations like budget, time lines and limitations, it is important to follow your instinct in deciding on
designs, or selecting contractors. Remember you are in the process of home improvement; you are not doing a job.
You have to make a decisions based on what you and your loved ones feel good about.

7) Make Arrangements for all the Possible Inconveniences
If you need to move out for the duration of the renovations, make arrangements in case the renovation project takes
longer than expected. If the renovations are only happening in one room and you will still stay in the house while
renovations are happening, make sure the contractors find a way to reduce the amount of dust going to the other
rooms.
8) Communicate well with all Parties Involved
It should start with a discussion with all the occupants in your house. You should also consider the preferences of the
other non-human occupants in the house, in other words your pets. Keep mental or physical notes of expectations,
negotiable factors and non-negotiable factors of the renovations so you will make considerate choices. Communication
with your designers, contractors and furnishers is also vital so make sure you work with people who communicate clearly.

9) Ask for Physical Samples
Be it upholstery, flooring, furniture or carpeting, do not make any decision without seeing the physical sample. Whenever
possible you might want to bring the physical sample to the site of renovation to see if what you have gels with the other
elements in the room.

10) Be Mindful of Your Living Habits
If you have a lot of personal belongings, make sure your renovation allows enough space to store your stuff. Do not
assume your living habits will change after you move into a new space. Chances are, you won’t. Spend a bit more on the
features of the room that you might interact with more. For example, if you are into dressing up, your wardrobe door
hinges should be sturdy enough to not break if you were to open and close wardrobe doors quite a few times everyday
to select your outfit.
“Building or remodeling a home can be about the most
stressful activity a married couple can engage in,”
says Dr. Don Gilbert, a marriage counselor
This list of 10 tips is what we deem to be the top considerations when embarking on renovations but it is definitely not
all you need to think about. Most importantly, keep things in your stride and know that there is no problem you cannot
solve in one way or another. Learn to enjoy this process and keep you mind open to changes if need be. That way in
your mind, whatever that comes does not give stress but simply opens up another list of options.

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