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Renovating your home in a major way has a lot of advantages, but it can also carry with it a load of stress. Simple things like your daily routine can be interrupted in way which can make it hard to handle without a solid plan in place.

For today's post, we're going to give you some helpful tips based on our experience working with clients through big remodeling projects.

  1. Managing your stress.Remodeling your house is stressful, regardless of whether you're doing it yourself or hiring professionals. Add to that the decision of whether you want to live in your home during the process, or try and find an alternate living situation. Remodeling projects can be messy, time-consuming, and seemingly endless. For some people, all of those stressors can combine to reach an unmanageable level, so take the time to manage that stress regularly to reduce the insanity swirling around you.
  2. Move out or take a vacation.Construction is a dirty business, and living in a dirty construction zone with drywall dust on your pillow will not make for a good night's sleep. Compound the dusty pillow with the fact that you can't even wash your dusty pillow because the water is turned off, and you will quickly understand why temporarily living elsewhere may need to be a serious consideration. But don't worry-if you're determined to live in your home or unable to make alternate plans for accommodations, we've still got you covered in the next two steps.
  3. Find an alternate space that can serve the same function as what's being remodeled.For example, if your kitchen is being renovated, you likely won't be able to use your fridge, stove, kitchen sink or dishwasher. If you don't intent to eat out the entire time you're kitchen is being worked on, you will need to find another space in your home to prepare and cook meals and to clean up afterward. Maybe that means balancing your microwave on your nightstand or washing your dishes in the bathroom or utility sink, but you need to have designated zones for cooking and cleaning or things will go downhill quickly. And obviously, if all of your bathrooms are being renovated, you will need to shower at the gym or at a friend's house.
  4. Make use of plastic sheeting and painter's tape to protect the parts of your home not being remodeled. Drywall, lumber, and insulation are all items that can leave little particles that find their way into every corner of your home. Do yourself a favor and section off the construction zones from the non-construction zones. Using painter's tape and plastic sheeting from the hardware store, you can keep your living spaces as clean, healthy, and livable as possible while construction is going on.
  5. Don't cut corners with professionals in your budget.Remodeling projects are expensive and it can be tempting to opt for the professional that didn't come quite as highly recommended to save a few dollars in your budget. Things may work out fine, or your frugal decision could turn into a budget nightmare. The best professionals aren't necessarily always the most expensive, but are the ones with the most positive recommendations and feedback from past clients.
  6. Plan ahead with your choices and purchases.Go ahead and buy all of your fixtures, appliances, hardware, etc. at the beginning of the project, get them delivered to your house, and have them ready and waiting for each contractor as they need them. The last thing you want to do is to delay your project while you make a purchasing decision that can be done earlier.
  7. Be flexible and understanding.Things will be broken, supplies will go missing, delays will happen, and your construction schedule will take a hit. You might wind up without your kitchen for eight weeks instead of four, or you could be living at your parents' house for six months instead of three. While these types of delays are incredibly annoying, most of the time they aren't life or death matters if you've built a little flexibility into your schedule and budget.Some examples include: if renting, talk to your landlord about going month-to-month on your rental until your house is ready; saving a little extra stash of cash to keep on hand in case of an emergency; or buying a little extra tile so that you don't find your shower half-tiled with discontinued tile. Have a solid game plan for your renovation, but also have a few contingency plans in place just in case.
  8. Vent a little here and there.It's incredible how much stress can be relieved with a little venting session. Of course, you don't want to turn into the person that people run away from because all you do is whine about your house, but a few carefully-considered complaints here and there are perfectly acceptable.

Of course, our most important tip for you is to keep in mind is that when it's all over, it will be totally worth it! If you're looking to start a remodeling project or would like to get some more information about a project, be sure to contact the professionals at MDV Remodeling for afree estimate!

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