Tips for Coping with a Home Renovation

6 tips for coping with home renovation Papps Cock

There’s no doubt that starting a home renovation project is an exciting time; after all the planning, budgeting and designing your finished space, now you can finally start seeing it take shape.

But whether you’re remodelling a kitchen or bathroom, or renovating your entire home, it can be a lot of hard work and requires energy and resilience as the home renovation project progresses, especially if you choose to remain living on site whilst the work is underway.

Here are our top tips to help you cope with your home renovation and keep you motivated to see it through:

Have a clear calendar/project plan in place with your contractor so you know what’s happening and when. This can help to manage your expectations and plan ahead where needed. For example, when will the electricity or water be switched off? When will the driveway need to be clear for large deliveries? Ask your contractor to fill in a calendar of what will happen every day so you can track progress and look forward to the next step.

Try to keep the rest of your home tidy and organised. Remove as much clutter and belongings from the room in question as possible and only keep out the bare essentials that you’ll need over the coming weeks. Packing it all up and storing it away neatly is a much better option than piling it up in another room, so you can minimise the disruption to the rest of your home. It really helps to have at least one untouched room where you can relax at the end of the day.

Take a peek. Don’t be afraid to pop your head in and take a look at what’s going on, multiple times every day if you want to. Remember this is your house and your project! Take lots of peeks as the work progresses so you can see what’s happening. Taking before, during and after photos is also a great way to document the history of your project and can be a useful reminder of any wiring or plumbing layouts for future reference.

Expect dust. No matter how careful and clean your building team are, dust is an inevitable part of any construction and home renovation project. Taping up the entrance to the space with plastic sheets and covering any unused furniture with sheets will certainly help, but it’s best to accept that dust comes with the territory. Knowing to expect this can help make it more manageable.

Ask questions. It can sometimes feel daunting to interrupt your busy work team but it’s important that you’re comfortable with every element of your project as it progresses. If something isn’t as you expected, it’s best to voice your concerns sooner rather than later. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. If you’re the sort of person who likes to be involved and consulted with, make that clear to your site or project manager upfront – it can open a great line of communication and make for a strong working relationship.

Give yourself some grace. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little overwhelmed or stressed whilst a home renovation project is underway. After all, your home should be your sanctuary and your place to relax, which can sometimes be hard when you have the inevitable mess and disorder of construction work going on. Remember to be kind to yourself, perhaps take a break away from it all for a short period (let’s go out for dinner…again!) and try to focus on the end goal; it will all be worth it when it’s finished. 

With Papps Cock & Co, our experienced team will help you plan and prepare for your home renovation project, no matter its size or complexity. We’ll consult with you and provide a detailed delivery calendar so you always know what to expect and, with a dedicated site manager, you’ll always have someone on hand that you can speak to or ask questions when you need it. We can even help install static kitchens, bathrooms or temporary homes on-site to help minimise the impact on you and your family whilst work is underway. Every great project starts with a conversation, so give us a call now on 01202 946644 or contact us today – we’d love to hear from you.


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