Aside from the cost and inconvenience of home renovation, conflicts with your partner or family members during the project can be stressful. To avoid misunderstandings along the way, make sure that you consider your partner’s preferences in every detail of the renovation.
In this post, Design Build Remodeling Group of Maryland lists some steps that couples can take when making home remodeling decisions together.
Determine Your Project Goals
Sit down with your partner to share your home renovation goals with each other. You can discuss the look and feel you prefer for your new space as well as the activities you envision happening there. It’s also great to talk about the functionality and purpose you want for the renovated space and your plans for it in the future. By identifying your objectives, you can easily determine which aspects of remodeling you’ll agree and disagree on.
Create a Priority List
To avoid conflict in the middle of your project, you and your partner must list down your top priorities before your renovation starts. It’s best to list not more than five items and place only one item as your first priority. Doing this allows you to see the bigger picture of your project and determine areas that need immediate attention.
Decide Where to Make Compromises
After making your priority list, start fleshing out each item, and find areas for compromise and agreement. You can exchange lists and then each of you can place a designated marking on items that are similar, compromisable and disagreeable. Once done, have a conversation with your partner and explain to each other the reason behind your preferences. This will help you further understand each other and come to a clear agreement.
Plan Your Budget Together
Financial arguments are one of the top sources of conflicts in relationships, especially when renovating a shared property. To avoid future problems, get on the same page about your remodeling project early on. Look for financing options and make an honest conversation about what you feel is appropriate to spend on your project.