Old House New Tricks: Tips For Your Home Renovation
So you haven’t let those “My Remodelling Hell” shows put you off having a full scale renovation and that’s great, you got this far! The next step, before you take the big leap, is planning your renovation so that the only thing that isn’t being pulled out amidst the dirt and rubble is your hair.
Renovating your home is a big job and it can become tiresome, stressful and emotional. There is a lot to get done and you still have to get on with everyday life whilst work is being carried out. So we have written a guide to helping you get through the storm of dirt, dust, flying wood chip and plaster to get you safely to the end of your renovation.
Have fun and good luck!
1. Plan for everyday living.
Before your home because a work site it is important to get all the plans sorted so that living doesn’t come to a panicked halt.
You’ll still want some creature comforts, hot meals and so on. Book yourself into a hotel, something cheap like a Travelodge or crash with a relative/friend, or for a completely new living experience rent out a caravan/trailer. Whichever way you go, don’t stray too far away from home. It will be very beneficial that you stay close to home so you can keep in touch with the project but also be able to quickly get to the scene if any problems arise.
If you aren’t moving out because you’re renovating floor-by-floor consider turning your upstairs into a living/sleeping and kitchen area. It may be very cosy if you have a family but it can also be fun, make it a game with the kids, have picnics and make tents. Move your microwave and kettle to an area where it can be used easily and stock up on bottled water. Don’t forget to make arrangement for showers to avoid a last-minute hose down in the garden or a trip to the swimming baths without actually using the pool, ask friends or relatives before work starts if you can use their shower whilst your water is turned off.
2. Protect No-Work Zones
It’s inevitable, dust will always drift into the parts of the house where work isn’t being done but that’s not a worry, simply cover up or remove any items that you don’t want to get damaged this includes, jewellery, phones, furniture and other electronics.
3. Plan an air-pollution escape
When a timetable of work has been established check out which dates glues, finishes, or other odorous materials will be used on the project and plan to go out on those days. Don’t forget to ensure that the house will be well ventilated whilst you are out.
Another inevitability of your renovation project will be a whole load of rubbish, dust, remnants of wood, plaster and brick. To avoid things getting messy we advice that before a hammer comes into contact with any walls, work out waste logistics with your contractor. Hang tarps in doorways to seal off rooms where work is under way.
Work out a plan for handling waste materials, try to keep them away from sensitive areas, such as gardens or porches, and hauled away on a regular basis so that there isn’t a build up of rubbish. If floors need protection, make sure that they are covered up.
5. Communication is key
This is the part where things can become very tricky and stressful because communication between you and your contractor is very important. Ensure that all communication is open and stick to your plans as much as possible. Changes mid-project can cost extra as a service-charge.
It is also very important to make sure that you have chosen the right contractor for you! Shop around, ask questions, interview them if you like, at the end of the day these are the people who’s hands you put the fate of your home in. Choose carefully!
6. …And breathe
Like we said, renovations can be very stressful and even with these tips things can still get on top of you. Remember to have patience and remember to breathe. Research and practice breathing techniques for the moments where things become too much for you to handle. There is a huge light at the end of the tunnel and it’s called your beautiful dream home!