Home Improvement Stress? 3 Tips You Need To Know |Pip Milburn
The results of home improvement work are wonderful. After days, or even weeks, of work, the space you were working on is transformed, and you are able to enjoy basking in the wondrous results of your efforts.
Before that point, however, the process is – for most people – far from wonderful. The process of getting from the idea to improve your home to the finished result is often arduous: taking longer, costing more, and resulting in far more stress than you originally anticipated. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to ease the issues you might face during an improvement process; ideas which, if practised, can allow everything to progress exactly as you would hope…
#1 – Order everything upfront
One of the major causes of setbacks during home improvement work is waiting for items to arrive, as you have to halt progress while either items required to complete the work – such as DIY products – or ‘finish’ a room – such as decor – experience order problems or are delayed in transit. To eliminate this concern, place orders for all of the project materials you will need, and order affordable home decor online and then wait for everything to arrive before you commence work. You can then be sure that when you do get started, you’ll be able to make progress exactly as scheduled rather than experiencing delays that are out of your hands.
#2 – Give yourself longer than you need
Even when you know a project will proceed without a hitch, it’s still important to give yourself breathing room to actually go through the work without any additional pressure. Let’s imagine a scenario where you want to decorate and add new decor to your guest bedroom so that your parents can visit for the weekend. The absolute worst time to do this work would be in the week before the visit is scheduled; simply put, there’s too much pressure to get things finished on time – which will inevitably lead to higher stress levels as you try to get everything done. Wherever possible, opt to schedule work when there’s no hard deadline, so you can focus on the task at hand rather than how the clock is counting down towards the point where you have to finish.
#3 – Oursource the tasks you like least
We all have at least one DIY task that we dislike doing. When planning, it’s easy to assume you’ll just find a way to manage the task you dislike when it comes to it – but mid-project, when there’s so much going on and you’re juggling so much, you’ll likely think differently. It’s therefore a good idea to outsource the tasks you dislike the least right from the start, either by asking friends or family to step in to help with that part of the project specifically, or even hiring in a handyman to complete a specific step on your behalf. Doing so ensures you won’t have to worry about that part of the project and can instead focus on the things you actually enjoy, without having the stress of spending time on something you’d rather not be doing.
Due to the very nature of the task at hand, home improvement work will always result in some disruption – but this should be minor, short-lived, and easily handled by following the tips above.