A home makeover is often a good idea in theory, but in reality, it can actually become quite stressful.
We have to deal with financial stresses, as most makeovers aren’t cheap to accomplish. Then there’s the mess and clutter that develops when a project is underway, and this might stress us out further. And there are all kinds of other stresses involved, including our children and pets getting underfoot, and building contractors who don’t work to the time limits that we prefer.
If you have ever experienced stress during a home makeover project, then you wouldn’t be blamed if you didn’t want to go through it all again.
However, there are ways to deal with the stress.
#1: Be realistic about the stresses involved
If you are already mentally prepared for the challenges ahead, then you might not get so fraught about them when they arise. Because you know there’s going to be mess and clutter in your home. You know your bank balance is going to take a hit when your money is being spent on your project. And you know that builders (if you hire any) are notoriously bad at timekeeping. While these things are stressful, strange as it might seem, you might not feel so stressed if you expect these things at the outset.
#2: Take actionable steps to remove your stressors
Rather than worrying about potential damage to any of your expensive pieces of home decor, relegate them to storage units for the duration of your makeover project. Rather than worrying about the mess that is going to pervade your home, hire a skip so you can quickly get rid of any loose pieces of debris. Rather than worrying about the quality of work any building professionals are taking on, do your research beforehand and find somebody with a good reputation. And rather than worrying about your finances, save money and budget for expected expenses beforehand, so you don’t run into any financial difficulties. By taking these actionable steps (and any others that are related to your stressors), you might not need to suffer too much stress during your home makeover.
#3: Don’t take on tasks you can’t manage
Rather than paying for a professional firm to help you with your makeover project, you might decide to take it on yourself. And this is fine, so long as you have the time and skills necessary for the jobs at hand. However, if you don’t have the know-how for every household task you have to do, you might still leave some of them for the professionals. And if you have a job to hold down and a family to manage, you might also consider delegating some of your project to a professional, as you will only suffer from stress due to your time constraints otherwise.
Don’t give up on your idea of a home makeover because of the stresses involved. Follow our suggestions, and commit to further research to ensure the project you take on is as stress-free as possible. Let us know too if you have any further tips for our readers.
Take care, and thanks for reading.