Prepare yourself. Knowing what lies ahead during renovations can save your nerves and smooth the process. Whether is getting permits from the City of Vancouver, or spending your time picking out each colour, fixture and piece of furniture, renovations can take a long time. Don't be deterred, just be prepared before diving in.
This great article from Houzz.com lists "11 Things to Expect with your Remodel". Running down the list, prepare yourself for:
1. Dust - Dust can travel far, and will rest in unexpected places.
2. Noise - Will be constant and incessant. Don't count on working from home unless you're part of the reno.
3. Triumphant highs - Finally getting rid of that 1970's decor!
4. Multiple sighs - It's a long and tiring process, but hang in there....