Doing works at home is a project in which many things must be taken into account, from the budget we have, the professionals who are going to carry it out, the materials chosen and so on. An element that, at times, is not considered relevant, but is key to overcoming the works without dying in the attempt, is whether we are going to live in the flat while they are being carried out. or if, on the contrary, there is the possibility of moving to another site while they last.
Any reform professional who is asked will advise that it is better not to live in the house during the works, but it is not always possible to do so or, there are even those who prefer to stay to be able to better supervise the day-to-day of the project.
If this is the case and we are going to resist at home between dust, hammer blows and piles of materials, here are some recommendations to make it as bearable as possible:
The decision to stay at home should be made in a very thoughtful way, weighing all the cons. That is, we must be aware of the inconveniences and discomforts that we will go through (lack of cleanliness and privacy) and, in addition, the time that the works may take. Therefore, it is very important to know what we are facing in order to have the courage to bear it with dignity.
Failure to meet deadlines is a classic that accompanies almost all works and it is obviously never because they are shortened but because they take much longer than expected. So, A good advice is to plan the project very well, how long each phase will last and take into account unforeseen events in order to start the works with a realistic forecast, which will make it easier to adapt to them.
Another aspect that we must take into account is the period of the year in which to carry out the works. If we are going to stay at home, the warmer months may be better because it is easier to spend time outside (especially if you have children) and thus the hours in which they are doing work at home do not coincide. In addition, it must also be planned if the works can coincide with a relevant professional project that will require our full attention or with vacation periods in which we should spend more hours at home.
On the other hand, We must analyze how we are going to solve our basic needs: eat, sleep, shower, go to the toilet…. it is necessary to make sure that there is always a full operational bathroom (essential) during the works and great if you can keep a room free of works where you can store those most delicate things or simply have a refuge where you can isolate yourself. In this sense, we will also have to study how we are going to store, without hindering the work, appliances and furniture.
Once construction begins, it is necessary agree on a working day schedule with the operatorsthat they must always respect in order to have our time at the beginning and at the end of the day.
And finally, Patience a lot of patience. And we cannot guarantee that, even following these recommendations, the works will pass in a sigh, but we can guarantee that they will be more bearable.