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“In­vari­ably a home build or ren­o­va­tion can be a time that brings a level of un­pre­dictabil­ity and un­cer­tainty which may cre­ate a sense of a loss of con­trol for each or both part­ners,” says Jen­nifer Dou­glas from Re­la­tion­ships Aus­tralia.

“Given there can be a lot of de­ci­sions and choices to be made, cou­ples may find they need to pol­ish their skills around ne­go­ti­a­tion and com­pro­mise.”

Jen­nifer says to make it clear from the start what you want to achieve with your project.

“Make a plan to­gether with built-in con­tin­gen­cies for de­lays and ex­tra costs,” she says.

She also says tak­ing time for ac­tiv­i­ties away from your home project can rein­vig­o­rate things.

“Try and cre­ate a sanc­tu­ary where you both de-stress and re­plen­ish your­self and the re­la­tion­ship,” she says. If you need help, ask for it. Project man­ag­ing your home build or ren­o­va­tion can be tough and will take lots of your time and en­ergy. If you find it’s too much, en­gage a pro­fes­sional project man­ager to help you.

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