Home Renovations

Preparing for a Home Renovation

Renovating Your Home Can Be One Of The Most Stressful Times.

There are always some inconveniences when it comes to home renovation projects. These helpful tips may assist in reducing some stress in your home and family by preparing in advance.

Temporary Living Arrangements

With smaller projects, like bathroom and kitchen renovations, you can probably stay in your home without too much trouble. For long-term and larger projects, one of the best organizing tips may be to stay with family or in an extended-stay hotel. If you opt to stay in the home during renovations, pick a room in the house that is off-limits to everyone but you. “This should be a quiet room where you can go to relax, get work done, etc., and escape the noise and chaos of renovation.

Temporary Kitchen

If your kitchen will be unavailable for more than a few days, find a different place where you can prepare meals. You’ll want this space to be readily available to you and other family members, but you also want it out of the way of any ongoing construction. Include a refrigerator and microwave oven, so you can continue to make light meals at home. Keeping a small file folder with your favorite take-out menus will help alleviate the stress of cooking out of your makeshift kitchen. This will come in handy if you’re going through a major kitchen renovation.

Contract Protection

Firm up a detailed contract with your contractor before the project begins. This will give you an idea of what will take place and the timeline you should expect, which will help you determine your organizing tips throughout the remodel. If you go into the project without a contract or if the contract isn’t specific, you could easily find the project stalled or worse. “The contract needs the right address, a start date, a completion date, and a detail of the project and a payment schedule.

Keep Receipts

Even if you are 99 percent sure you will like those new lighting fixtures for your dining room, they may look trashy once you hang them up. Hold on to receipts for everything related to your renovation, not just the obvious things, like screws that don’t fit, but anything that a store would take back—just in case. And even if you don’t return things, those receipts will be helpful at tax time.

Organize & Remove Items

Take all of your belongings out of cabinets and closets; then, categorize and label them. Set aside things you will need to use regularly during the renovation by keeping them in an easy-access storage box. As you come across items you no longer need, consider selling or donating them. “If there is something you use only a few times a year…those items can be stored away in a basement or closet. Make sure boxes are clearly labeled to make reorganizing after the project quicker and easier

Dust, Debris & Damage

Even if your contractor plans to prep the site, you may want to do your own work to minimize your exposure to dust and other allergens. “Take down any curtains; put a protective tarp over the floors and cover furniture, bookcases and anything else not easily moved that you don’t want to be piled on with dust. Since you know what is most important to you in your home, doing your own damage control will leave you feeling confident throughout the project.

Storage

A remodeling project is going to affect every room in the house. You need to take down pictures, move vases, and pack away valuables before work begins. Even if you’re doing a renovation on the first floor, dust will magically find its way throughout the entire house. Not only that, your belongings could get in the way of contractors and risk getting damaged.

Be Sure to keep your important belongings out of harm’s way during the renovation, consider renting a storage unit to keep your items secure and organized. If you pack out items to take to a storage unit or place in another area of the home during renovation, always label the boxes and place the items that you’re more likely to use near the top to minimize the hassle of having to sort through piles of boxes to find what you’re looking for.

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