You got me. A stress-free remodel/ renovation doesn’t exist but out of personal and professional experience I can give you the easiest ways to insure you are less stressed during your remodel, short of hiring someone to worry for you.
1-Have a schedule: Be sure it’s clear and check it off, checklist style, as tasks get competed. It’s better to prepare yourself earlier and get work done ahead of time rather than postponing days or weeks because you think you have time to complete a job. That philosophy is rarely found in a typical contractor so it’s very likely up to you to delegate what you need done when your on a deadline. Completion of a job a head of time is one dream that will never come true as, more often than not, you will encounter obstacles and setbacks. Being prepared saves all the last minute rushing and possible late competition date.
2-Communication is key: Even if you think you and your contractor or workers are on the same page alway double and triple check. I advise to get things [ie changes made, or delivery notifications] in writing as often as possible. I’m not saying you want to draft up a new contract every time you have a change, something simple like texts or emails that way if a misunderstanding creates a bigger issue you will have it in writing.
3-Exercise: I’m never doing any hard labor, but the energy spent ordering shipments, overseeing work completion, meetings, certain defeating Lowes trips and just thinking about the remodel leaves me drained and headachy. I instantly feel better after a quick trip to the gym, walk or better yet dance class. Hello endorphins! My headaches are gone and I am (no longer a raging b–) in a way better mood to handle anything else that may come up.
4- Aromatherapy: Yes, I’m going to get all crystal-energy-hippie on you. Get a soothing sent of lavender or a special ‘calming’ blend. You can carry it around in your purse for handy access during stressful errands and/or dab a few drops on your pillow to help you relax at night.
5- Eat well: Depending on how you handle stress your diet can be greatly affected. Some people stress eat while other end up skipping meals, or [gasp] grabbing fast food! In turn your diet can affect your stress levels. Eating a nutritious diet will equip your body for all the physically and mentally draining work. For healthy eating tips let me recommend this great health and fitness blog by my good friend Holly Legare, since I ate a cheesecake for breakfast this morning.