When you choose to remodel your home, you are opening your doors to a hoard of strangers who will demolish and refurbish a part of your house. The basic rules of home renovation include:
- Allowing the contractors access to your house when they need to
- Each contractor is permitted to make as much noise as needed
But this noisy and somewhat chaotic project doesn’t always mean that you will be losing your mind throughout the process. With proper planning, it is possible to live through your home renovation with your sanity intact. Here are a few ways you can prepare yourself and your home for a very hectic home renovation project.
Move Out Of The House
One of the best options during home renovation is to move out of the house. Construction is a noisy, gritty process and living in a dirty construction area with dust on your bedroom and on other furniture pieces will only stress you out. In addition, you can’t even clean up your home because you will only face the same problem the next day. Lastly, you can’t even function in your house well, especially if they have turned off the water supply. With all these inconveniences, it is advisable to move out of the house for the time being during renovation.
Find An Alternative Space And Avoid The Renovation Area
If you are thinking that it is impractical to move out of the house since they are only renovating one room, such as the kitchen, then you will need to look for an alternative space where you can establish the same function and avoid the kitchen area altogether.
For instance, while the kitchen is being renovated, you won’t be able to use the appliances placed there, such as the stove, kitchen sink, fridge, and so on. With that said, you will need to find another area in your house where you can perform all the kitchen tasks. For example, you can place the microwave, fridge, and other appliances in another room that isn’t undergoing renovation. You can also consider eating out instead and store the appliances and kitchen furniture pieces in a storage area that is located in another location.
Pack And Store Items And Furniture Pieces
Another tip to keep your sanity during home renovation is to keep the items and furniture pieces in the renovation area out of the house. The best place to securely store them is by getting a storage unit.
You need to understand that the room undergoing renovation will be subjected to dust and debris and this can ruin or damage your valuables. Properly packing, labeling, and storing your possessions can save you from frustrations once the project is complete. Here are a few tips for packing your valuables.
- Purchase the necessary supplies, such as high quality boxes of different sizes, bubble wrap, plain news prints, packing tape, marker, and notebook for inventory.
- It is best to keep an inventory of the things you place in each box and put a label on each container. This will help you find and identify the items stored inside each box.
- Do not leave empty spaces in each box; however, do not over fill the container since it might damage the items inside. Keep in mind that heavy items should be placed in smaller boxes while lighter items should be placed in bigger boxes.
- Fragile items, such as glasses, dishes, and other breakable kitchen items must be packed first. If you have items made of glass, crystal, or if you have china or stoneware, they must be protected with bubble wrap. This can cushion them and protect them from getting damaged.
- For large kitchen appliances, you will need to apply specific care. For instance, if you are storing your fridge or freezer, make sure that you defrost them first. This will prevent water from leaking out to other items and appliances. It is also advisable to keep its doors slightly open to prevent water condensation. As a tip, make sure that all the appliances stored in the storage unit are clean and moisture-free.
These are just a few practical tips for keeping your sanity during home renovation. Remember that proper planning, organizing, and storing can make a huge difference between a smooth home renovation project and a frustrating one.
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This guest post is written by Kris Hopkins who had gone through home renovations in the past. These tips helped her throughout the process. She also recommends using safe and secured storage units from US Storage Centers when storing valuable items, furniture pieces, and appliances.