Knowing what’s ahead of you is the basis for any successful strategy.
Home renovation, no matter how big, is no exception. To best prepare for the renovation project ahead, ask yourself several important questions before you choose your contractors. Your peace of mind, as well as your budget, will depend on how you answer them.
Every major renovation begins with a plan
After the most important decision is made, the one to endeavor into a major home renovation, many more decisions follow inevitably.
Double-check if you were aware of them before you spring your plans into motion.
Also, ask yourself if you are choosing the right season for your home remodeling. Of course, sometimes you can’t choose, but if you can, choose the warm summer weather for exterior renovation projects, and vice versa.
Should you be around during the renovation?
Unless your contractors and your designated supervisor are mind readers, yes, you should stay at home. No one can and should supervise your home renovation but you.
Not only for security reasons but because renovation is a creative and dynamic project that is bound to develop over time. And you should set the direction in which it advances.
Moreover, if you’re staying at your home during the project, think where you’ll sleep, bathe, and prepare food, and which linens, towels, and clothes you will keep at hand.
A major home renovation can progress gradually, meaning that you can move from the old part of the house to the refurbished part as the work slowly advances. Ideally, if your major renovation encompasses the whole house, staying with your family nearby is the next best thing.
Have you thought about your family and neighbors?
It is easy to take for granted the people we see every day, but we mustn’t forget that they are the first and the most influenced by such big projects like a major renovation. Let the idea of major home remodeling sink into the minds of your children, and build positive excitement about the project.
Make sure the kids and any pets are away from the construction area during the renovation.
some home renovation planning to consider
You should let your closest neighbors know about your remodeling plans as well. They might need to make some adjustments to their own daily life due to your renovation, and it is only fair to inform them in advance. Who knows, maybe they even offer to take care of your pets while you’re busy overseeing your project.
What will you do with your belongings?
A major home renovation is in a way just like a home relocation, except that you’re moving back to your refreshed home. And just like moving, remodeling requires that you remove every movable thing out of the way of contractors.
Ask your friends and family for a helping hand to pack everything up in no time or hire professional packers to tackle the job. Ideally, you should personally wrap and pack your most fragile and most expensive belongings.
other valuable tips:
Find a nearby storage facility and rent a self-storage unit if you don’t have enough space in your garage. It would be best to ask the storage provider’s representative for an in-home estimate and to store away the bulkiest pieces.
Keep only the most necessary items you would need daily and that won’t impede the renovation tasks. Moreover, you need to protect the things that you will not use but will keep at home during the renovation. You can use plastic wrap or old sheets to protect your belongings from dust and dirt.
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