You may have never heard of PPD, but it is a serious albeit temporary condition that ravages households up and down the country year after year. Post Plastering Depression is a common ailment that see’s sufferers lose all motivation to continue their home improvement projects. Reported symptoms include a sense of entrapment, anxiety, frustration and anger – with many sufferers quoted as saying “I wish we had never started this bloody project in the first place”.
Seriously though, for one reason or another around the time that your plastering work comes to an end it is very common to feel frustrated with your project. There are many different reasons why this may be, including:
- During the early stages of a project the progress is much more noticeable day to day. A lot of the early work includes ripping down walls or building new ones up. Now that your project is coming closer to completion the work is all about details, and therefore progress can seem much slower. It may feel like not a lot is going on at this point, but it is.
- You have been living in a messy house for the better part of eternity. This is not a small factor, the incremental increase in stress from never having a clean home to come back to is a major issue. Plastering is one of the messiest jobs at this stage of the project and that can really impact on people’s stress levels.
- You have had people in your house almost every day since what feels like the beginning of time. As above, the stress of having people constantly in your home may at times feel insignificant, but this can build and build to the point where you want nothing more than to shut yourself away from the outside world and descend in to deep hibernation.
- It doesn’t feel like the end is in sight. The money’s running out, you’re fed up with your builders, you don’t remember what it is like to come home to a tidy drive way, you have gone from having a relatively private home life to basically house sharing with a crew of middle aged blokes and it feels like it is never going to come to an end.
If some or even all of those points sound familiar to you then please take comfort in knowing that almost every other person who has chosen to have work done on their home has felt exactly the same way at this stage of their project. But as I wrote at the start of this article, although no two projects are ever identical there are many factors that seem to stay true for domestic jobs. One thing that always remains the same is that no matter how bad a client’s case of PPD is, it is temporary. Six months after a project has been completed the client barely remembers what it was like to be gripped by PPD. When we catch up and see how people are finding living in their new homes, no matter the scale of the issues they faced during the works, problems that seemed so all-consuming while the project was live are now nothing more than a distant memory.
So to all of you who are planning to do work to your home and to those who have already started, know this:
It is going to be difficult. It is probably going to take longer than you think it should. It will be dirty. It will be stressful. You are going to regret starting in the first place. Probably more than once.
You will forget about how difficult it was. You wont remember how long it took, how dirty it was or how stressful it got. You will probably forget that you ever regretted starting the works and will laugh when you are reminded of it. Before you know it you will reach the finish line and you will be living in the house that you dreamt of.
Most important of all – it will be worth it.
“Now that the dust has settled our new home is changing the way we live our lives every single day. Thank you so much for your help and support, we couldn’t have done it without you.” – Mr & Mrs Woods, CF23.