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Two Ways to Make a Major Renovation Project Less Stressful

People who have their homes renovated often find the process to be extremely stressful. Whilst it's not usually possible to make this experience 'stress-free', there are steps you can take to make it less mentally taxing. Read on to learn more.

Communicate with your construction crew

Your professional relationship with the construction crew that will be carrying out the renovation work will play a big role in how challenging or how simple this process ends up being.

If you fail to develop a good rapport with them, or if there is a breakdown in communication at any point during the project, it will be that much harder to address any problems that arise (such as the work falling behind schedule, for example).

Try to maintain strong lines of communication at all times; in practical terms, this might mean asking for updates on the progress of the project at the end of each working day and providing very clear, detailed explanations of the work you expect to be carried out. Additionally, if a problem does develop, try to address it in a calm manner; if your choice of words, body language or tone of voice come across as combative, you will most likely find yourself involved in a futile and stress-inducing argument which leaves you no closer to finding a solution.

Keep things as neat and tidy as possible

One of the biggest sources of stress during any type of renovation project is the chaos it tends to create; the dust and the waste materials produced by construction work can leave your property looking like a refuse site. As such, doing your best to keep the mess to a minimum will almost certainly help to lower your stress levels.

There are several ways to do this. First and foremost, make sure that your construction crew know what they will need to do to reduce the amount of mess they create. You can, for example, ask them to follow a specific pathway into the house so that they don't track dirt and dust through parts of the property that are not being renovated.

You might also want to tell them to place any waste materials (such as metal and timber scraps, packaging, etc) into the refuse bin that you have provided so that this rubbish does not end up accumulating on the floors around your home. On a related note, it's worth hiring the largest skip you can afford so that you and the labourers do not run out of space for your refuse.

Lastly, it's a good idea to do a quick round of hoovering and dusting at the end of each day; this will help to reduce the amount of dust in the air and ensure that, when the renovation project finally ends, you won't have to deal with a massive clean-up.