You’ve planned, you’ve saved, you’ve dreamed, and the day is finally here. You’re ready to start your next renovation project on your house! The renovation process can be very exciting as you watch your dreams get brought to life before your eyes. Still, it does require some prep work before the demo starts.
Taking time to prepare your home and family for your next construction project can help the process go more smoothly. Read on to learn more about what you need to do before your renovation.
Talk to Your Neighbors
While home renovation projects can be very exciting for you, they can be something of a headache for your neighbors. They’ll have to deal with weeks of noise, disruptions, contractors coming in and out, and other such inconveniences, just like you. And at the end of it, they won’t even get to enjoy the beautiful new addition to your home.
Before construction work begins, knock on your neighbors’ doors and let them know that you’re going to have some construction going on at your house. Give them an idea of the scope of the work so they know what to expect, and let them know your intended timeline. It may also be a good idea to take a small gift over as thanks for their understanding. It doesn’t hurt to ask if there are any accommodations you can make to their schedule as well.
Talk to Your Contractor
The other person you need to talk to before your building project begins is your contractor. They know better than anyone else what needs to happen to prepare for your project. They can give you an idea of what to expect from your project and what special preparations need to happen ahead of time.
Ask your contractor how much prep work they handle, how much you need to manage, and if you could save money by doing more prep work yourself. Do you need to remove any fixtures, such as faucets or light fixtures, ahead of time, or will they take care of that? Will you need to plan for dust? How much of the cleanup work will they handle after the job is done?
Decide Where You’ll Stay
Once you’ve finished construction project planning, you’ll need to decide where you and your family will stay during the renovation process. For the most part, this will depend on the scope and location of your project. For instance, if all your bedrooms are being renovated or you’re upgrading the only bathroom with a shower, staying in your home may not be an option.
If you don’t plan to stay in your home, decide where your family will stay while renovations are going on. Make sure you can stay in this spot for twice as long as you expect to need to, just in case unexpected delays come up with the project. If you plan to stay in the house, decide where you’ll sleep, bathe, and work.
Plan for Meals
If you plan to stay in your house, one of the biggest things you’ll need to figure out is where you’ll prepare and eat meals. Of course, this will be a more significant challenge if you’re renovating your kitchen. But even if your kitchen is staying intact, working around a construction zone can make cooking challenging, especially if everything is covered in dust.
If you are without a kitchen, consider setting up a microwave oven in another area of your house. Look into recipes you can make using InstaPots, rice cookers, slow cookers, and other such appliances that plug into a regular outlet. It’s also essential to figure out how to handle dishes and where your family can gather for mealtime.
Clear Off Your Walls
The days before your construction project starts, you’ll need to do some prep work in the rooms adjoining the renovated rooms. Construction work produces a lot of vibration, and things can get knocked off the walls. A burst pipe or slipped tool could also cause damage to the sheetrock on those walls.
Begin by removing any décor you have hanging on the walls, including art, mirrors, clocks, photographs, and any other wall decorations. Move any furniture away from those walls, and roll up any rugs you have in those rooms. You may also want to consider covering the doorways in plastic to cut down on dust in the rest of your house from the renovation project.
Keep Kids and Pets Out
It should not surprise you that construction zones aren’t safe places for kids or pets. Many dangerous tools may be left lying around, and there will likely be nails and screws on the floor. Unfortunately, construction zones are also very interesting to curious kids and animals.
Make sure you have a plan for how you’ll keep your little ones out of the construction area, whether they have two or four legs. Explain to your children why the construction zone is dangerous, and let them know that they can visit it sometimes with your supervision. Plan to keep pets two or three rooms away from the construction area, and be careful to keep all doors closed during the project.
Plan for Your Next Construction Project
Renovating your home can be an exciting process, but it requires some prep work. Start by having conversations with your neighbors and your contractor, and then decide where your family will stay while work is being done. Plan where you’ll prepare and eat meals, clear out adjoining rooms, and keep your kids and pets out of the danger zone.
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