We are all moved in!
It was a long haul. A really long haul.
And so, here are my 10 tips for surviving a reno as a relative noob.
1.) Don’t be afraid of the power tools.
No, really. This is absolutely the first thing. My sister-in-law asked if we had to do a lot of research, and while there was some of that (Thank you YouTube and Pinterest), the real learning curve was in learning that the tools will do so much of the work for you, if you just figure out which one is the right one for the job you are doing, and you use it without freaking out. Don’t fear the power tools. Don’t try to do things by hand because you are nervous. Own the tools.
2.) Accept all the help you are offered.
Childcare offers? Take them. Painting? Let someone paint. If someone wants to help? Let them. Know someone who has tools you can borrow? Expertise? Hit them up. Use all the connections you can come up with.
In my opinion, this includes putting your children to work. Or your dog, if at all possible.
You are going to need a team.
3.) Save some energy for moving day and take it easy a few days after move-in.
Look, moving is horrible and taxing under the best of circumstances. After spending weeks and weeks doing hard physical labor, and running 15 and 18 hour days?
You’re going to need some rest after the marathon. Overdoing it can lead to injury. Possibly permanent damage.
4.) You’re going to generate more trash than you ever imagined.
We produced 4 tons of trash. I don’t mean that metaphorically.
Carpet, for the record? Really heavy. So are cabinets. If you are doing more than one room? Get the big dumpster.
5. It’s worth it!
It’s really bizarre bringing a house back to life. I had a lot of moments where I was totally exhausted: aching, calloused, overheated. But the end result has been amazing.
We have a house! We have a house that isn’t just someone else’s “vision.”
It’s our giant mess!
We really aren’t even close to being “done,” yet, but we are here, living here, in a bit of a construction zone. We still have a list longer than my arm of stuff that needs to be done.
But hey, we’re in!