Three Things You Need To Do When Renovating Your House
Renovating the home is a big step that many people take rather than selling up and buying a new one. It’s expensive, but still cheaper than moving, and if you are happy with your location then why change it? Often people make good friends with their neighbors and their children are happy in the local schools, and staying where they are makes more sense. If you are planning a renovation, then although you’ll be daunted by the impending chaos, you’ll also be looking forward to your house having a face lift. There are three things that you need to do to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible with minimal disruption to your family, and here they are:
A successful renovation is planned well. Consult with your builders well in advance and agree a realistic itinerary of works. Agree a budget and stick to it – if you start exceeding your maximum budget you’ll get very stressed, very quickly. Think about ways you can save yourself money along the way – for example are there any jobs such as painting that you could do yourself? Decide if you will live in the house while it is undergoing work, and if so, which rooms will be set aside for living space at each stage of the works. If you are going to stay in a hotel or at a friend’s house, then get packed up, making sure you have everything you need.
Any furniture and carpets that you are planning to retain need to be really carefully wrapped and covered up so they don’t end up getting damaged beyond repair. You will have enough to do when the work is finished so don’t give yourself the job of scrubbing things down. If you can, move any valuable or fragile items out of the way before the works start – you could even consider putting them in storage. Beds and sofas need extra attention, as these are not places that you want dust to settle – and there will be a lot of dust! Ask the builders what they recommend for extra layers of protection.
Book a Cleaner
When the work is finished you’ll be dying to start living in your shiny new home. The last thing you’ll want to do is spend days cleaning the place. When there is a lot of work being carried out there will be dust flying for days. The builders (if they are good ones!) will try and clean as they go, but in order for the house to be totally habitable you’ll need a deep clean all round. Book a cleaning company in advance that will visit your home and completely blitz it before you start living in it again. They will make sure all the dust and dirt is removed for good and it is a lot easier than you trying to do it yourself.
A house renovation is a short-term bore for a long-term gain and it is well worth putting up with a little disruption in order to get the house of your dreams!