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Surviving Renovations as a Couple

Most people would agree that one of the most stressful times in a couple’s life would be renovations in their home. Home renovations can wreak havoc on a relationship, from disagreements about unexpected expenses and delays to living amongst the dust and disorganization during construction.

Although renos can be a challenge for your relationship, the end result is your dream home, so how do you keep it together during this disruptive time?

Most importantly, do both parties want the renovation? You do not want to go into this project with a reluctant partner.
Consult with a professional architect; they will take on the burden of the project, bring your ideas to life, and ensure the project completes and complies with current regulations and safety codes.
When speaking with the architect, be clear about what you want and what your budget is. In many relationships, one is a spender, and one is a saver, are both parties willing to compromise? Make sure both partners and the architect are on the same page regarding the budget and plans.
Be aware that unforeseen expenses may come up when you are renovating existing buildings. You must be prepared for any additional cost, and setbacks, for instance, discovering mold, plumbing or electrical issues, etc.
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When speaking with the architect, be clear about what you want and what your budget is. In many relationships, one is a spender, and one is a saver, are both parties willing to compromise? Make sure both partners and the architect are on the same page regarding the budget and plans.
Be aware that unforeseen expenses may come up when you are renovating existing buildings. You must be prepared for any additional cost, and setbacks, for instance, discovering mold, plumbing or electrical issues, etc.
Have a serious conversation about the goals and expectations of the remodel; make sure you both want the same outcome. Before you begin, do you agree on the plan, colors, and materials?
Choose your battles, whether the discussion is about colors, style, or design know what is important to you and what you can let go.
Discuss issues as a couple but have one spokesperson who deals with the contractor or architect. Which party in the relationship is direct and knows how to communicate effectively without being passive or rude? Too many chiefs can turn disastrous during a renovation.
Deal with any unresolved issues in the relationship before you start planning. During renovations, any resentful or hurt feelings may surface during a stressful event such as moving, home improvements, or building a new house.
Slow down, do not book up your calendar during a renovation. The less you have going on, the more time you have to focus on the improvements and not feel stretched to the limit.
Be kind to each other; doing random acts of kindness, laughing together or going out together will help to reduce stress and serve as a reminder that you are a team.
Open communication is key, and so is forgiveness for a frustrated partner, help each other relax and enjoy the anticipation of your brand new space.
Soon the dust and noise will be gone, the house will be organized again, and you will have time to relax and enjoy your home together.
 
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