Major life changes are stressful, even when they are positive and exciting like buying, selling or renovating a home. If you plan on making any of these life altering changes in the near future then read on for some important home advise. Find out how to protect your relationship from common pitfalls that can arise during a stressful time.
During these kinds of life changes, our individual differences can become even more apparent, and there is commonly 4 areas of strife that can arise in relationships when a renovation or home move are imminent (maybe you can name even more!):
Renowned marriage expert Sheri Stritof stated, “A remodeling project requires that the two of you are able to talk about money, hopes, dreams, expectations and dealing with mistakes.” This is no small feat in normal times of life, but add the constant variations that can come even with the most well-laid renovation or moving plans, and we're talking some pretty impressive kindling just waiting to spark alight.
This is not to be dissuading anyone from moving forth with these very exciting changes, of course not! If you and your partner are experiencing communication problems or other unresolved issues, consider not starting a remodeling project right away. Our home advice is this: start a relationship project first!
Here is an extensive list of things you might be very thankful for having considered and discussed with your partner before diving into a life of uncertainty and change:
Remember, it might feel as though every conversation you have with your partner at this time is about the move/renovation, and that may be accurate! Recognize that this is just for a little while and life will return to normal. If you can, arrange times when the topic of conversation is off-limits. This will let you attend to your life and relationship which are so very important.
Accept that conflict will happen. Be open to compromise. Take care of each other … and try to have some fun!
When it comes to buying or selling a home in Ucluelet, British Columbia, the Gray Team often find themselves discussing renovations with clients who are buying and/or selling a home. It will be well worth your time and energy to seek the professional opinion of a REALTOR® before buying or selling, especially if renovations are a consideration in the move.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have before you renovate to advise as to value any contemplated improvements will contribute to your market value. If you're planning to sell anytime soon you'll want to avoid renovations that cost more than they add in resale value...as many do!