For the last two months I have been renovating my own home. While renovations can be stressful on their own, I decided to do my renovation while my wife was 8 months pregnant with our daughter. Like anything in life, there is never going to be a perfect time to do certain things. The big decision we had to make was; do we want to do this before or after the baby is born? The answer was 100% before.
It was definitely not the easiest process. Looking back on the project now, I would definitely have done a few things differently.
First, I would have got a storage pod for the entire property and put everything in there, rather than storing it all in one room and then moving it to another. Not only does your “stuff” get in the way, but the dust that accumulated through the entire process always finds a way to get on everything. Leaving you with more work in the end to move things back and also the extra work of cleaning everything.
Second, I would have moved out of the house right away rather than trying to live there through a portion of the renovation. (I know this is not always an option, but would be my best advice) Basically, the longer you are still living there, the more you are in the way of the work that needs to be done. The faster you can clear out and let the work get done, the better. Also, we had asbestos tiles under a couple of our floors. We had them removed, but it’s something you definitely do not want your wife to be around during her pregnancy. The biggest thing getting out immediately does, is it allows your wife to relax. She already has enough stress going on with the pregnancy, the last thing she wants to deal with is constant inconsistencies in her day to day.
Third, I would have prepared for a longer time frame. We told ourselves 4-6 weeks. It turned out to be 6-8+ weeks. It’s more to prepare the mind and set expectations. If you tell yourself you will be back in your house in 2 weeks and it’s been 2 months, you are going to be more frustrated and it will make the experience even that much more stressful and unenjoyable. Additionally, with the baby coming, I am sure just as we did, you will have furniture order dates and other things being delivered to the house for the baby. I think we changed our shipping dates 4 different times during the renovation. Giving yourself more time and reasonable dates allows you peace of mind, rather than trying to rush work to make sure certain things can arrive as scheduled.
With our daughter just being born, and the house finally finishing up everything is falling in place. It can definitely be a bit over-whelming at times, but it is possible to renovate your home during a pregnancy if you plan correctly.