LOOK AFTER YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
“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.