Have you finally decided to take the plunge and add a much-needed extra room, expand your tiny master bath or remodel that outdated kitchen? While you’re probably elated to get the home of your dreams, other members of your family may be less than enthusiastic about having their living space turned upside down. Here are four ways to help them adjust during your home renovation.
1. Keep Track of Treasured Items
You probably remembered to store your best dishes and Aunt Pearl’s antique quilts out of harm’s way, but don’t forget about your children’s special belongings. The last thing you want is night after night of tears because a special doll, toy or stuffed animal was lost in the construction zone. Before the renovations begin, take time to pack everything carefully and make sure your kids have access to their favorite items.
2. Make Everyone Comfortable
It can be difficult to keep up with school and work routines when your kitchen is down for a remodel or the bathroom renovation contractor has your shower and toilet out of commission. Take steps to keep things as normal as possible before the construction crew sets up shop. Move food into an extra refrigerator and use a microwave and hot plate to prepare meals. If everyone is sharing one bathroom, make a schedule to prevent fights.
3. Keep Children and Pets Safe
Construction is dangerous business, so it’s important to keep children and pets clear of hazards. Safety gates can keep little ones and four-legged family members from wandering into the danger zone. Have a discussion with older children about staying away from the construction and make sure your crew is aware of any children, pets and elderly family members in the home.
4. Consider Staying Elsewhere
With all the chaos that accompanies a construction project, it makes sense to just avoid the whole mess. Skip all the dust, drilling and disruption by staying with family, going on vacation or renting a hotel room. If you have extra space on your property, such an RV or guest house, consider moving your family there for the duration of the renovation.
The adjustment period doesn’t end when the renovation is over. Moving back in after a remodel can be scary and confusing, especially for small children and those with special needs. Ease the transition by getting your kids involved in the process. Let them help choose paint colors, furniture, and decor for the new space so they feel at home.
By Lizzie Weakley
Lizzie is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.