Five survival tips on renovating with kids

April 17, 2015
Ali Batten

Small children and big renovations aren’t always a happy combination – follow our simple tips to blend a wonderful home improvement with a happy family.

1. Think it through - Break it down

Renovating a home and raising children are both stressful enough on their own. Combine the two and your patience can be sorely tested. If you have plans for a major renovation, consider whether it’s worth breaking down the job into smaller chunks to be completed over a period of time. It could preserve family harmony – and possibly make the improvement project easier on your budget.

2. Choose your builder wisely
It’s essential that you chose a builder who is tolerant of children. Watch how your builder interacts with the kids while visiting your place for a quote, and explain that tradespeople need to be aware of the presence of youngsters in your home – oh, and no bad language on site.
Asking friends or work colleagues for a builder they recommend is a good starting point to track a child-friendly builder who is also a quality tradesperson with whom they have had a good experience with.

3. Share the renovations with your children
Explain to your children what’s you have planned. Home renovations can be stressful for children as they see a familiar environment undergo radical changes. Encourage your child’s involvement in the process by looking over colour charts together (don’t be surprised if hot pinks or bright greens are popular suggestions!) and provide lots of reassurance that their home will be even nicer when the renovations are complete.
Be firm though when it comes to safety issues. Explain that the builder’s tool kit and work area is out of bounds. Consider buying the kids mini tool kits of their own so they can enjoy some pretend building in a safe area like the garden.

4. Relax your standards – it’s only temporary
Renovations can bring dust, sand and mess into your home – and attempting to stay on top of the cleaning can be exhausting. Protect what’s valuable by letting the kids wear their definitely-not-best clothes; pack away special items in packing boxes and cover furniture and carpets with drop sheets. It’s not always easy to accept that your home won’t be squeaky clean while the building work is underway – but it’s not forever.

5. Take time out
On the days when it all gets too much, pack a picnic, get everyone into the car and head off to the nearest play group, park or beach for some well-deserved relaxation. It won’t be too long before your patience will be rewarded with an amazing new home.

Contact either Owun, Suzanne or Costa on 02 9517 1818 or to discuss your options. Or, if you feel like dropping in at our office, we are located at Suite 106, Flourmill Studios, 3 Gladstone Street, Newtown 2042. Be sure to share our blog on Facebook and Twitter and let others join the conversation!

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