For many homeowners, the prospect of turning their home into a busy work site for an extended period of time is enough to dampen their remodeling dreams. But even a major overhaul to your property doesn’t have to include “Money Pit”-inspired nightmares. A few prep steps will help ready your personal space, and your psyche, for a renovation.
Set Your Expectations
While envisioning the worst may stop you from ever getting started, assuming your renovation will be inconvenience-free isn’t sensible either. Instead, set realistic expectations by turning to friends and neighbors with recent renovation experience. Take time to ask specific questions, and most importantly, learn from their mistakes.
And don’t be afraid to voice these concerns with your team before beginning: At Valley Home Builders we encourage active communication so you’ll understand the process every step of the way.
From Houzz to specialized home design apps, today’s technology offers numerous tools for anyone considering or about to start a remodel. Collect new decor ideas, create a digital to-scale map of any room, or pick-out a new paint color for an accent wall—the options are endless. Try a few, determine your favorites, and get to work. Click here for some starting suggestions, and visit our Houzz page for inspiration.
Protect Your Valuables
Even technology can’t protect your great-grandmother’s heirloom bone china from damage. We always take as many precautions as possible to protect your space from minor mishaps, but do yourself (and the work crew) a favor by packing up any beloved items most at risk during a remodel. This includes obvious breakables, but also anything that might become inadvertently swept up in the work, like furniture and rugs in nearby rooms, hallways, and entrances.
Accept the Dust
Speaking of furniture, it goes without saying that before a room is renovated, items in that room should be removed or covered to protect them from damage and dust. Even so, microscopic airborne debris has no boundaries! Be prepared to pull out your vacuum regularly. Yes, it’s extra work each week, but it’s the easiest way to keep your home clean as the renovation kicks things up.
Having your everyday necessities at arm’s length will help to ensure your renovation experience is as convenient and easy as possible. Piling everything in a box could be a major hassle if it turns out you need one of those items mid-remodel. But it’s not just what’s in impacted spaces. It’s also worth considering what those spaces are primarily used for. A kitchen renovation, for instance, may warrant creating a makeshift eating space elsewhere. Make sure plates, cups, and cutlery are easily accessible, and it’s not a bad idea to stock up on non-perishables and bottled beverages for easy meals and snacks.
All the organization in the world won’t completely shield you from the daily disturbances that accompany a home update. Before burnout hits, give yourself a break with a few days away. Whether it’s a mid-week staycation or a long weekend visiting friends, take a break while we do the work.
Ready to take the plunge? Contact us for a free consultation today.
Here are a few recent bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects completed by Valley Home Builders.