How Experienced Homeowners Make Renovations A Breeze

6 September 2020

No matter what home you own, eventually, the time will come when you need to carry out renovations of one kind or another. Perhaps you want to remodel your bathroom or repair the foundations. The question is, how do you go about the task effectively? Take a look at these strategies that experienced homeowners use to make renovations a breeze.

They Plan To Be Out Of The House While Builders Carry Out Work

While you want to involve yourself as much as possible in the design and planning phase of renovation work, you should stay out of the way for the actual building. No matter what contractors say about how clean they are when they work, you’ll inevitably encounter dust and mess - and there’s nothing you can do about it.

A lot of people like to book holidays or weekends away when work is scheduled. This sort of approach may sound hands-off, but it helps ensure that everything gets done faster because workers aren’t worried so much about tidying up or avoiding you. They just get on with the task, mostly uninhabited.

They Move Their Bulky And Delicate Items To Storage

Unless you have a large shed or double garage, you’ll need to move your delicate and bulky items into storage while people carry out work on your property. Experienced homeowners usually do this to take the stress out of proceedings. Technically, you may not need to use third-party facilities. But, then again, you don’t want to spend all your time worrying about whether contractors are going to damage your grand piano or family heirlooms.

They Expect And Embrace Dust

Most renovations necessitate dust production, and there’s virtually nothing you can do about it, except for prepare.

Start by covering all the valuable pieces of furniture in your home with sheets to stop any dust settling on them. Then install an air purifier if you expect a lot of dust to emanate from a particular part of your home. These are a great addition if you have young children with breathing conditions running around.

Finally, if anyone in your household has asthma, they may need to stay away from home for a while, perhaps at a relative’s.

They Are Realistic About How Long Things Will Take

Experienced homeowners know that renovations rarely go to plan. Almost always, there are hiccups and delays in proceedings. In anticipation, you should plan for the upgrades to take a little longer than planned. Builders will usually quote for the best-case scenario. But if there are significant structural issues or supply problems, things can quickly chug to a halt. Just look at what happened during the recent crisis. Being realistic will prevent you from feeling disappointed and better manage your time.

They Put A Buffer In Their Budget

Just as time can overrun, so too can costs. You shouldn’t, therefore, spend the maximum that you can afford on renovations. There should always be some wiggle room on your budget, just in case you need to move walls or redo the wiring at a later date.

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