Keeping Everyone Happy During Home Improvement Projects
Home improvements can be fun and exciting - at least the end result can be. The process itself can be stressful, expensive and noisy for many homeowners, their families, neighbors and pets.
Since areas of your home may be out of commission for a few days or even up to several months, it's critical for your safety, sanity and sense of well-being to maintain a sense of normalcy for your family during this time.
Maintaining the Status Quo With Kids
While extensive work may be going on in your home, maintaining daily routines is important. This will dissipate the stress that younger children, elderly parents, and even pets feel as a result of the construction. When younger children are involved, maintaining the same meal times and family rituals, such as bedtime stories or nightly homework sessions, is necessary. Keeping up these day-to-day activities will help to reduce stress for younger children.
Another way to alleviate the stress of a home improvement project is to prepare the house for all inconveniences. For example, if the remodeling is taking place in the kitchen, set up a temporary kitchen in an unaffected room with a microwave and refrigerator so that the appliances are still usable and accessible. This same principle applies to the family room as well. If the family room is being renovated, set up a temporary family room in a bedroom where the family can continue to gather together during construction. This will help the whole family continue to feel at home despite the mess.
It's also important to remember that the constant noise and disruption of construction can induce stress in the whole family and can adversely affect their quality of life.Construction noise has also been known to degrade a person's health over time, so consider a plan of escape during construction hours.
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