What to consider before starting your home renovation project
Before beginning a major home remodeling project, there are many things every homeowner must consider: the budget, a realistic timeline, conflicting design aesthetics, your ability to do the work yourself vs. hiring professionals, the mess and dust in your home, packing away items for months, planning for water and electric shutoffs, protecting kids and pets, and the disruption to your family routine.
The one item most people do not consider — and the one that has the potential to do the most damage — is the impact that home renovation can have on a couple’s relationship.
While it looks easy on television, home renovation is among the most stressful projects a couple can undertake. Over time, the project can expose or even cause serious relationship issues. You should be aware that most couples who renovate a home together do not agree on every last detail. Whether their relationship survives or falls victim to the wrecking ball has far more to do with the way they communicate than the colours they choose for their new space.
Good communication is key to a successful home renovation and a happy relationship
Communication is the key to working together. Below are 10 tips to help couples navigate a home renovation project or new home build. Based on the principles of successful communication, these suggestions are intended to help couples get through the work with their relationship intact. These tips should be read, before, during and even after the project is completed. Don’t let your desire to build the perfect home demolish your relationship!
Will a home renovation project leave your marriage in need of repair? Read the following tips before you start — and review them often as you proceed!
Home renovations can stress relationships, but they don't have to
46% of couples building a new living space say the overall experience is frustrating. According to a Houzz survey, 12% of these couples consider separation or divorce mid-project.
It's important to know when you need help, whether it's help with your building project, or help with your relationship. Remember, good communication and honesty leads to the best results with any project. Don't let your home building project destroy the relationship with your partner and your family.
Author: B. Anne Hancock, PsyD, is a prominent relationship therapist and founder of Wellness Counseling Center. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist , Hancock specializes in working with couples and families. She has a doctorate in Psychology and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Hancock always works from a wellness-oriented, non-pathologizing point of view — which means no blame, no shame. In addition to couples counseling services, Hancock also conducts personalized two-and-a-half-day couples intensives
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