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7 Tips for a Stress-Free Remodel

7 Tips for a Stress-Free Kitchen Remodel

We're not going to lie to you. Undergoing a remodel can be a very stressful time. For several weeks, or even months, you and your family's normal routines are disrupted, often causing emotional tension. Fights with your spouse and arguments with frustrated children are commonplace. But your house does not have to turn into a war zone. With proper planning and organization, you can minimize stress and keep the peace in your home. Remodels are definitely stressful, but the end product is almost always worth it. Here are seven ways to get you and your family across the finish line unscathed.

Make other arrangements.

Establishing alternative arrangements when remodeling a kitchen or bathroom is crucial. This is especially important if there are kids living in the home. Plan ahead to figure out how to create a makeshift kitchen with microwaveable meals, or if resources permit, budget enough money to eat out when necessary. Use an alternative bathroom or perhaps arrange with a friendly neighbor to use theirs.

Watch your expenses closely.

During a remodel it's easy to break the budget by opting for fancy upgrades or accessories. Running out of money before the remodel is done will land you in a very tight spot. Set your budget and stick to it, no matter what. Unexpected surprises are often a major source of remodeling stress so be sure to set some money aside to cover unforeseen expenses.

Keep an open line of communication.

Don't be afraid to ask your designers or contractors any questions that you may have. Also be very clear about what your needs and expectations are, and voice any issues that you may have. Open communication will help to prevent any costly misunderstandings during the remodel.

Get everyone involved.

Keep in mind that everyone in your household will be affected by this remodel, including your children. Help minimize their frustrations by engaging the entire family in the remodeling process, from start to finish. Ask your children for their opinions when applicable, and assign them age-appropriate tasks. Keeping them in the loop can help prevent unnecessary emotional outbursts.

Expect to argue.

Even with all the planning chances are, an argument or two may occur. Knowing this beforehand will help you to keep a cool head when it does occur. Be sure to keep in mind that this is an extremely stressful occasion for everyone. Remind your family of this and try to calmly and rationally talk through disagreements as they arise.

Stay the course.

Keep a written list of your organizational needs and design preferences that you can reference when things start to become hectic. When under stress, we're more prone to making rash, emotional decisions. Having a list that was made with a clear mind will help to keep your priorities straight throughout the remodeling process, and will prevent you from making last minute changes that you may regret in the future.

Remain positive.

Things very rarely ever go precisely as planned. You're bound to run into hitches here and there, but it's not the end of the world. Approaching each issue with a clear head will help you get through it. Try not to focus on minor imperfections. Having a good attitude is important, as it will keep you and everyone else from freaking out unnecessarily.

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