There are various parts of homeownership that are stressful, but one of the most stressful of which is redecorating, or at least it can be. It’s no secret that homes need to be renovated and updated to keep them looking good. However, what a lot of people don’t realise is just how stressful the process of redecorating can be, until they start planning the decoration process, that is, and then they begin to realise just how much of a mammoth task they have taken on.
When it comes to updating the living room or creating the kitchen of your dreams, you rarely think that the process of doing so will wreak havoc on your life. But the fact is that it can do, because the expectations of updating your home, the high costs, the worry of things going wrong, and the concept of having strangers coming in and out of your house, can get to anyone. Then there is the fact that you may not be able to have constant access to the amenities that you have grown accustomed to, such as hot running water.
While the truth is that it is almost impossible to get rid of the stress that comes with redecorating your home completely, you can lay some simple foundations for a less stressful overall experience.
Bearing that in mind, below is a guide to some simple tips that you can implement to make the process of redecorating a much less stressful one.
Be realistic from the start
One of the biggest mistakes that anyone can make when it comes to redecorating their home is not being realistic from the start. You can’t expect to be able to turn a tiny bathroom into a luxurious spa-style retreat because there just isn’t the space. The key to reducing decorating stress is to know your limits and work with what you have got – small bathrooms can be amazing spaces, it’s just a case of being realistic about how you choose to use them, that’s all. To get ideas and inspiration for small spaces or spaces that are not ideal for what you want to do with them, use magazines and sites like Pinterest. Believe it or not, there are some incredible ways that you can make the most of smaller spaces; it’s just a case of being creative, that’s all. A small bathroom might not be able to become a spa-style space, but it could become a cocoon-style bathroom that’s wonderfully cosy and welcoming. Work with what you have got, and you will be under less stress.
Set a budget
If you want to ensure that all stress is minimised, it’s important to come up with a budget for your project. Not knowing how much you have to spend is naturally going to cause all kinds of stress and worry, which is why it is important to set a budget from the get-go and ensure that it is a budget that it will be possible to stick to. It’s always worth adding an extra 10 percent over what you think you will need onto your budget, to ensure that there is enough money to cover any unexpected expenses. Visit local home showrooms to get an idea for what your budget can buy – if you are on a super tight budget, going completely DIY and making use of old materials could be the answer to keeping costs low.
Use good contractors
One of the most stressful parts of decorating your home is the concern of having strangers coming in and out of your home. To minimise the stress that this causes, it is important to find good contractors who you trust and can rely on. Whether you require the help of a plumber, painters or electricians, it’s important to take the time to shop around to find the most reliable and most affordable contractors there are available. Have you had friends recently upgrade their homes? If so, ask them which contractors they used and how reliable they were. Did they show up on time? Did they work hard? Were they polite and friendly? Was the work completed on time? These are all questions that it is important to ask, to ensure that you are hiring contractors that will make your project easier, and not more stressful.
Understand that it will take time
Don’t presume that your home’s renovation work will be completed quickly because it’s important to realise that this kind of work can take time. Sometimes there are delays with stock; it can take weeks or even months for certain items to arrive. Hopefully, that isn’t the case, but just in case it is, it is worth being aware. Other times you order something, such as charcoal slate flooring, only for it to arrive in dark green. Or the granite for your kitchen counters will be out of stock when you go to order it. The fact is that sometimes things can take time to get organised, which is why it’s important to set aside plenty of time for your home’s renovation, as that way, you won’t feel under too much stress to complete all of the work within a set time period.
Don’t stress over the small stuff
It’s easy to sweat it over every last thing that goes wrong, but if you want to minimise the stress that you are under, doing so is not a good idea. That’s why it is important to understand that when it comes to home renovations, things to go wrong, and when they do it is not the end of the world. Sure, it is not ideal when your flooring slates arrive cracked, or your contractors drop cement on your cream carpet, but it is important not to get overly stressed out over things that you cannot change. Instead, try to focus on the positives of the situation, and find a resolution for the problem – whatever it may be – as quickly as possible.
There you have it, everything that you need to know about reducing the stress that comes with redecorating your home.
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