Renovation Tips: Living Through a Renovation

You’ve probably heard exaggerated horror stories of what it’s like to live through a renovation: the mess, the stress, the sheer inconvenience of not being able to live in your home as normal. While many of these stories are a little over the top, if you’re planning a renovation you need to be realistic about what to expect while your home is being transformed. The handy tips below will help you manage a full-on renovation and survive with your sanity intact.

• Living among mess and in disruptive circumstances can be stressful. Prepare yourself for a living situation that will be less than ideal.
• Tradies start work early. If you love sleeping in, get ready for plenty of 7am knocks at the door from tradespeople ready to get to work.
• Tradespeople will need to work around you and your living requirements, and you’ll need to make some compromises to allow them to do their jobs.
• Social butterflies beware: you might not be able to entertain guests for a while. When your kitchen is home to power tools instead of appliances and your living room is covered with sawdust instead of carpet, dinner parties need to take a back seat.
• You’ll need to move furniture into other rooms or even into storage for a while. Some storage facilities also offer removal vans at a reasonable price to help simplify the process.
• If your kitchen will be out of action, consider timing the renovation for summer so you can make use of your outdoor entertaining area to prepare meals.
• Can your kids stay with nearby relatives for a while? Combining young children and a long renovation can quickly get stressful.
• Remember to factor any extra living costs into your budget, including storage costs, boarding kennels for pets and any alternative accommodation arrangements.

Here at Nouvelle, we take great pride in the service that we offer and we work closely with our clients to help make sure that the renovation is as stress free as possible. From managing the tradies to ensuring your home is tidy at the end of each day, allowing you to get on with living your life.

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