Rudy Niño (February 20, 2005)
Face it: Remodeling is stressful! The best way to combat it is to prepare. Dr. Frederic Medway, a professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina, recommends you find out what is going to happen during the remodeling project and you sit down as a family to plan ahead. Discuss what you expect from each member of the family and what everyone's role and responsibilities will be during the project. It is better if each of you have specific roles during the project so you can approach the remodel as a family partnership. There are going to be decisions required during the remodeling process, some of which may not be easy. You should have a way to communicate these choices to the rest of the family and come to a relatively speedy conclusion. Remember that everyone in the house will have to deal with the dirt and noise. The project will go more smoothly if they can also take part in the decision process and final result. The roles and responsibilities should extend to the children. Perhaps they could be responsible for securing the pet away from the construction site and for keeping other children away from the construction site. This will give them a sense of participation in the project. To achieve maximum stress relief, remember these main rules:
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