Monday 24 November 2014

How to make bathroom renovations less stressful.

When there’s so much money going into a project and your time and space is set to be invaded for a week, or a number of weeks, a bathroom renovation is bound to be stressful. One of the important things to remember is the end result and the reason why you are getting the work done in the first place. Having a relaxing bathroom to enjoy and be proud to show off to guests should be worth the temporary stress. But here are a few tips to keep your stress levels down while the work is going on.

Set down a sensible budget
Spiralling costs are a sure fire way to let the stress of a renovation job mount up. Check the prices of the units and accessories that you want before you commit and leave some room for costs being added on as the job is being completed and snagging issues hit. It is possible to save money by looking at clearance items such as mirrors in store’s accessories departments to keep the overall cost of the project down.

Research contractors
If you are getting in a tradesperson to help with the task, you have to make sure you are happy with the contractor you have got in and it is someone you can trust. The best way to do this is from recommendations from trusted sources and by putting in extensive research through websites such as RatedPeople.

Know what to expect when going through the process
Your bathroom is going to be a mess for a short period of time. There will be people you don’t know coming in and out of your home. It will occasionally be noisy and you will be inconvenienced while the task is being completed. Accept this early on in the process and it will be much less painful.

Have realistic expectations of the finished product
You can do great things with the right design of bathroom but the best layout and colour scheme can only do so much. If you have a tiny bathroom in a small flat, have realistic expectations about what the finished product will be like.

Create a construction-free zone
Ensure you have somewhere in your home where you can get away from the construction work to relax. A room which is free from mess, noise and works people will allow you to collect your thoughts and feel like you have reclaimed your home. It’s also important to ensure that any old fittings and fixtures are kept in a location that will keep people safe. A good option may be a skip or disposal bin, meaning it would be worth looking around at sites like to find the best option.  

Be aware of your family
You are not the only person who the renovation work will be affecting. Make sure your family share their feelings about what is happening and take them out if things are getting too much.

Get all the information you need
Having information such as the timescale, details of the work that is being done and any possible hold-ups in the work will keep you in the picture and enable you to keep focussed on the end goal.

Ensure you’ve got an alternate bathroom

Perhaps the most important aspect is ensuring you’ve got another bathroom which is construction-free. A bathroom is a personal space where you need to feel comfortable, make sure such a space is still available to you.

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