4 Tips for Handling a Renovation Like a Breeze
Issue: Aug 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in projects being pushed back in the construction sector in Hong Kong. Many of the projects that had already commenced were postponed by around half a year to nine months. As COVID-19 continues to affect more and more people worldwide, the industry is also struggling to ensure that enough people are deployed to complete renovation works. The following tips will likely come in handy for you if your home is going through a renovation. Try out the tips and tricks in this article to keep stress levels brought about by the renovation to a minimum.
1. Keep one of the rooms untouched
If you have opted for your home to be partially renovated with most of your rooms getting done up, look through your renovation checklist and try to ensure one of them is left untouched. This will allow you and your family to have a private space to yourself where all your essential belongings and household items will be stored and be within easy reach while the renovation is in progress. No matter how amicable the relationship between you and your contractors is, you should still take safety precautions. This can be done by having a door lock installed on the door of the room that you’ll be setting aside for your family during the renovation. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when you’re at home and your family members and everything in the house should be your priority. There may be countless things that you want to shift into that one room, but you are also concerned that it will feel cramped for everyone. One of the solutions for this is to store the items away at StorHub Self Storage so that you can free up some space at home.
Make sure that you have congregated all your essential items before the renovation starts, gotten rid of items such as fragile household items that could get in the way of the contractors when they are hard at work. When dismantling and assembling are involved in the process, your home will inevitably be filled with dust and debris. Remind yourself to get your walls, floors, and things within your house dust proofed and covered with plastic sheets for protection.
2. Stick to your usual routines
Just because you’re getting a home renovation doesn’t mean that you have to put up with having your life turned upside down. Try to stick to your usual routines to the best of your ability. When your life gets disrupted, that adds to your stress levels since you’ll have to wrack your brain figuring out how to go on with your daily activities when your contractors are hacking away parts of your home. For example, you can wake up and sleep at a fixed time every day, eat at the same time with your family, and still hit the gymnasium on your current preferred days of the week.
You may not be able to access your kitchen for now and your fridge is likely unplugged from the power socket. Stock up on foods that have a long shelf-life and are non-perishable. On top of that, you can go for easy and healthy recipes like sandwiches or wraps rather than always eating takeaway or delivered food. You don’t need to give up on nutritious food options. What’s more, you can still spend quality time with your family while staying indoors.
3. Choose something that is to your kids’ liking
When it comes to your kids’ spaces, make sure you keep in mind that the bittersweet reality is that they will outgrow their possessions and the furnishings in their current room in years to come. Make sure that the new bed and study desk you choose are not going to be too small for them by the time they are in their late adolescence. Why not let them have a say in the choosing of the designs of what goes into their very own room so that the overall style of it will be to their liking at the end of the remodelling process. Limit the number of options to two to three for each type of item they are choosing so that the situation does not get out of hand. For instance, they can decide on the colours of the walls, table lamp or bedroom door, and choose the print or theme of the bedding or curtain.
4. Pamper yourself with a getaway
At the end of the day, it is all about making the entire remodelling project as smooth-sailing and stress-free as possible for everyone. If getting out of the house during the hours of renovation each day still disrupts your life and is too overwhelming for your kids to take in, you can consider booking a staycation at a prestigious luxury hotel or serviced apartment for giving yourself a break for relax.