6 Communication Tips for a Happy Home-Building Experience with your Partner
So you’ve decided to build a house. Congratulations! You’re embarking on an exciting new chapter in your life and you deserve every bit of joy and excitement that comes with building a new home.
But before you start breaking ground, I would like to take a minute to talk about something important: communicating with your partner.
Of course, it’s common sense, communication is important in any relationship. But, when it comes to building a house, it’s even more crucial than ever. That’s because communication is how you figure out what kind of house you want, and what features are most important for your family (yes, two do count as a family). Communication is also how you create then make sure that everything goes according to plan.
We know that most couples who are building a house together are excited about the prospect of having their own space. We also know that sometimes that excitement can get in the way of talking about what really matters when it comes to making sure that your dream home becomes reality. Do you really like talking about stress, time, and money?
So let us be clear: do not overlook this part! Every single decision needs to be discussed. It doesn’t really matter if one person wants granite countertops and another wants stainless steel appliances. What really matters is that both of you feel heard and respected throughout the process.
You’re in it for the long haul, so why not start off on the right foot?
Building a house is a big decision and investment in the life you are making together. But if you don’t communicate well with each other, it can be really easy to get off track and end off in the ditch of discourse. Here are some tips for making sure that doesn’t happen!
- Be open-minded. Remember, this is an opportunity for both of you to grow as individuals and as a couple. You will be growing together as a team. If one of you has a specific vision in mind (and it’s not totally unrealistic), give the other some space to try it out!
- Be patient with each other’s ideas and differing perspectives. You don’t have to agree on everything. That’s what makes us individuals and what makes your relationship so special! If you treat each other like equals who are working toward the same end goal, an amazing new home, it will make things easier when things get tough.
- Communicate clearly about what makes sense in terms of budget and timeline. Be realistic, it is time to take off those rose-colored glasses or stylish shades. Having realistic expectations from the beginning will help ensure that neither of you feels taken advantage of or pressured into making decisions you might regret later down the line.
- Be honest about your feelings, both positive and negative. If you’re excited about something one of you suggests, let them know it! If there’s something that doesn’t feel right or comfortable to you, talk it through with them!
- Be flexible and open-minded. If you are both clear about your wants, needs, expectations, and goals, it’s much easier to find a common ground and a way to make them work together.
Remember that you are on the same team! If one of you comes up with a brilliant idea that could work better than what’s been proposed, let them know! Teamwork makes the dream work!
Remember, you’ve got a partner in crime, and that’s pretty great. You also have the chance to build something great together, and communication is the key to making sure those plans are solid. If you want to build something with your partner, don’t forget you’re still building a relationship with them—and that means talking it out, listening carefully, and being open about what you both want. After all, it’s not just about the building process—it’s about what happens after that too! LIFE!