HOW TO PREPARE MY HOME FOR A RENOVATION

By Janet Myers | February 23, 2014

renovated kitchen

So you've agreed on the plans, timeline and cost of your home renovation project. But that's only the beginning. Home renovation projects can be stressful on you and your family, especially if they're room additions or whole house remodels that have the potential to last several months.

With that being said, you can greatly reduce your stress level and minimize the inconvenience that a home renovation is on you and your family (you want this project completed, remember?) by properly preparing your home.

Here's a look at some tips and suggestions on how to prep your house before a renovation:

  • Where will you stay? The first step to prepping your home is determining whether or not you're going to live in your home while renovations are taking place. For small projects, like bathrooms, basements and even kitchens, it's possible for families to remain in the residence while the project is being completed with a few adjustments. But for larger renovations that may last several months, it's often wise to make other living arrangements, such as in an extended stay hotel, with family or friends or in a short-lease apartment - just be sure that you're living close enough so that it's not too far out of your way to visit the site and monitor progress. It's also advised to look into renting a storage unit to move items out of areas of your home where work will be taking place to better preserve them.
    • 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.
  • 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.

  • Find out whether or not your contractors are going to do any prep on site. If they're not, then it's up to you to minimize the dust, dirt and debris that may accumulate around your home during construction. Take down any curtains, put 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. Plastic sheeting can also be used to seal off entrances to other areas of the home to contain dust and debris.

  • Always budget for more: While this tip doesn't quite fit in with prepping your home, so to speak, it's always wise to budget to spend about 10 percent more than what the estimate is. That's because as most jobs go, contractors find "little things" that also need repair. Things like mold growth, removal costs, replacement parts and more often pop up, which need to be addressed in order for renovations to proceed.

It's true that a home renovation often doesn't feel worth the stress until the job is done and you're left with a beautiful home makeover. But a big part of reducing this stress is preparing for it so that your life can proceed with minimum inconvenience. For more information on how to prep your home for a big renovation project, and to learn about what types of renovations might be ideal for your home, contact David Gray Design today.


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