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Getting on the Same Page with Your Spouse When Remodeling

Posted by Ryann Minkler on Jul 31, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Getting-on-the-same-page-with-your-spouse-when-remodeling.jpgThere was a time when “His & Hers” towels were all the rage in modern bathrooms. It was kind of a cute idea (at the time), but it fell out of favor pretty quickly. It was also a bit of a poke at men, who were often a bit less “tidy” with their towels than their female counterparts.

However you feel about “His & Hers” towels, when it comes to home remodeling, it’s better to avoid “His & Hers” ideas in favor of unity around a plan for your Naples-area home. Having different ideas about what needs to be done and how it should look can create a tense environment during the remodeling process. So how can you get on the same page with your spouse about what you want to do to update and improve your home?

Here’s a good place to begin:create a list of improvements you’d like to make around the house. Take a walk together through your home and make notes about the things that bother you—and why they bug you. That could include elements of your home that you actually like but might want to accentuate. Make sure both of you get to make observations and comments.

Then both of you should sort the things you’d like to do into two categories: Essential improvements and nice-to-have improvements. Share your lists with one another and see if you can come to a consensus about which are the most important—or urgent projects to tackle.Here’s an article that can be a helpful tool for identifying which areas you want to focus on first.

Keep in mind that in most cases, a home renovation isn’t simply about “freshening up the place” or making cosmetic changes. What you’re really after is making your home more comfortable and convenient.  For a lot of couples, that means taking a look at how you like to entertain guests. For instance, if you enjoy casual get-togethers in the kitchen and dining area, that will definitely influence how you remodel your kitchen. You want your remodeling project to reflect your personality.

Sometimes spouses are on different pages because of differing positions on finances. So once you agree on what needs to be done, you’ll want to establish a budget for your project(s). Here’s an article that walks you through the process of setting a budget that will work for you.

Making sure you’re on the same page with your spouse about what needs to be done (and why) and agreeing on what you should budget to achieve that result will make the whole remodeling process much more enjoyable—and successful!


Topics: Naples Design-Build remodeling, how to plan your Naples remodel, coordinating remodel efforts with spouse