Before jumping into a home renovation, there are many things a homeowner should consider: your budget, your free time, your abilities vs hiring a pro, what color, how big of a job, etc. But one that often gets overlooked is your relationship. Renovating is stressful stuff and it puts a strain on couples. Over time, the project can expose or even cause serious relationship issues. You should be aware that most couples who renovate a home together do not agree on every last detail. Whether their relationship survives or falls victim to the wrecking ball has far more to do with the way they communicate than the colors they choose for their new space.
The key is to communicate. Constantly be talking to one another about expectations, desires, and current feelings. The accompanying infographic offers 10 tips to help couples navigate a major project. Based on the principles of successful communication, these suggestions are intended to help couples get through the work with their relationship intact. These tips should be read, memorized, and internalized before, during, and even after the project is completed. Don’t let your desire to build the perfect home demolish your relationship!