Renovations can be super stressful and inconvenient: for the homeowners AND for their neighbors.
Try to keep your neighbor’s sanity in tact by following these 3 tips:
1. Give Your Neighbor’s Notice
Give your neighbor the gift of advance notice in the form of a nicely written letter (maybe attached to an equally nice bottle of red wine). With any luck, they’ll figure out a plan on how to survive all the dust, noise and activity that will be coming from your apartment. Also, it might be a good idea to give them a rough timeline of the renovation schedule.
2. Check In
You know how the waiter comes over and checks on you several times during your dinner in a restaurant? This is a great practice to employ during your renovation.
Try to connect with your neighbor(s) periodically. Make sure any issues they have are dealt with to the best of your ability. Be certain your contractor is being respectful of your neighbors space as it will ultimately be your responsibility what they do and don’t do.
Most grievances can be remedied with a plate of cookies, fresh bouquet of flowers or just an understanding ear and time allowed to vent frustrations.
3. Invite Them Over
Once the renovation is complete, perhaps your neighbors will be curious as to what all the fuss was about. Consider having a private “Yay, the renovation is over” party to show off the newly renovated space and to thank them for their patience and understanding.
Oh! and don’t forget the champagne.
Keeping the Peace
The idea here is to create a level of respect and consideration for everyone involved in your project and that includes those around you that had no hand in the decision.
Hopefully, by following the above tips, everyone will be able to get through the renovation in one piece.