If just the thought of your impending home remodel gives you a headache, you must know that you’re not alone. Most homeowners dread house renovations because it causes a lot of stress and great expenses. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about renovation costs, but you can actually reduce the stress and worry with these practical and easy organization tips and tricks.
Have a good design
No matter how big or small you’re planning on going, you need a good sketch of your remodel. Some people do well with only a mental image of their ideas; some go for a handmade sketch on a piece of paper, while some opt for a full architectural plan. Whichever category you fall into, it’s very important to have a good design ready. It’s much easier to make corrections beforehand than having to tear down things because of your mistakes.
First things first
Make sure to create a list of larger projects and do them first. Things like roof replacement, foundation fix or window repair should be tackled at the beginning of your remodel since smaller projects usually depend on them.
3, 2, 1… Blow!
If you’re planning on having some demolition work done, make sure to prepare in advance. Rent a large container for waste and get to work. It’s best if you demolish as much as possible, in order to make transitions from old to new parts of the homeless visible. Warning: be careful how you demolish areas that are coated with lead-based paint, and make sure your home is asbestos-free.
This is a great time to repair and improve the insulation on your walls and ceilings. Consult with experts who will give you advice on the best insulation options for your climate and home. Additionally, since the insulation process is quite fast, have your drywall contractors ready.
Once you take care of all your major projects, such as supportive carpentry, insulation, and others, it’s time to get to the fun stuff. Now you can start painting your interior walls, molding, and trim, as well as putting up wallpaper. All of this decorative work should basically come last since it can be damaged during other activities. However, do all your pain work before putting up your new flooring. You don’t want paint all over your shiny new floors.
Once your paint is dry, you can start the flooring installation or repair. No matter if you’re doing this alone or if you have contractors, make sure to pay special attention when working near your freshly painted walls. Floor sanding process can easily scuff your pain, so be careful.
Take your work outside
When your interior is mostly finished, you can take your work outside and tackle the siding. The reason you want to leave this part of your renovation for the end is that doors and windows might get punched out during indoor projects, damaging your fresh exterior. This is also a good time to start renovating or updating your additions such as the pool, sunroom or garage. Once your main house is all finished and you have a tidy and peaceful place to sleep, you can devote your attention to these auxiliary buildings and take your time. You can also refresh your stairways and walkways. Fix all the potholes and put practical floor paint with anti-slip properties to your outdoor surfaces to avoid future accidents.
If you’re staying at your home while it’s being renovated, you might want to designate a corner that will be left unchanged for your everyday activities. This will help you live your life more or less stress-free during the renovation. If there’s just no way you can do that, it’s good to contact your family or friends and ask them to stay with them for a while, or simply book a hotel.
Don’t be scared to tackle your home remodel. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll finish and end up with a stylish and functional home! So, roll up your sleeves, find reliable contractors, keep this list in mind and get to work.