Renovating your home can be a stressful experience no matter what, but this is especially true if you have a family. When it’s not just you being displaced and living in temporary chaos but your children and spouse as well, things can get even more hectic. However, sometimes renovations simply need to be done and once they are completed your home will be a much better place for your whole family. In order for things to run smoothly through this process, there are a few things you should know. Here are 3 home renovation tips for families.
Keep Track Of Expenses
Renovations on medium or large family homes can get expensive quickly as there are quite a lot of unplanned for costs that may come up. Sit down with your contractor before any work begins and lay out a budget range that you can comfortably afford. Make an agreement that they will let you know about any additional or unexpected costs, especially if they end up exceeding your budget. Track your renovation expenses diligently to make sure you are never overcharged and you will save yourself a big headache down the road.
Being flexible and making sure you know that there is a possibility things will take much longer than expected is an important part of any home renovation. Prepare the rest of your family for this and make sure that you have back-up plans in case things don’t go the way you want them to. It is also a smart idea not to make any plans such as having guests over to your home before you know for sure when the renovations will be finished.
Having a budget and timeline is good as long as you understand that these things may change due to circumstances out of your control.
Be sure to have accommodations set in place depending on which areas of your home will be undergoing renovations. For example, if all of the bedrooms will be renovated you will need to make arrangements for family members to sleep in one another’s bedrooms or in other rooms of the home such as the family room or living room. If it’s the kitchen that is being renovated, you may want to make sure you move kitchen appliances that you can’t live without to another area of the home.
If there is any chance that the entire house will be uninhabitable for any period of time, you should book a hotel or air b and b for your family to stay in during renovations. Additionally, if you or another member of your family works from home or has homework to do, accommodations will need to be made for them to wear headphones or work/study elsewhere because renovations can often get quite loud and distracting.
Home renovations don’t have to be stressful and in fact can be quite exciting. Hire skilled people and trust the process and soon you will have the family home you have always dreamed of.