To remodel a home means to bring a breath of fresh air into your living environment, to revitalize the interior, and most importantly, make yourself fall back in love with your home. From small remodeling projects such as sprucing up the kitchen or building yourself the home office of your dreams, all the way to those cumbersome projects that involve a lot of planning and preparation, and might require you to relocate for a while, there is no denying that remodeling allows you to add value to your home and your lifestyle.
That said, if you want this project to be successful in the end, you really do have to prepare accordingly in order to avoid extraneous financial expenditure, and wasting time. Here are the five smart tips you should follow in order to organize a smooth home remodel.
Clutter leads to mess and mess leads to dust, which certainly isn’t a way to keep your home in order during remodeling. First things first, you will need to clear the space of all non-essentials in order to allow the workers to do their job without any setbacks, as well as to prevent anything from getting broken in the process. Hey, no matter how careful they might be, it’s not their fault if you haven’t emptied the kitchen cabinets and now your favorite set of ornate dishes is on the floor and in pieces – you have to clear all that stuff out beforehand.
What’s more, this is the perfect opportunity to declutter your life in general, and get rid of the stuff you don’t actually need. Before you start throwing stuff out, though, be sure to set aside the things you can donate or sell. Be sure to scrutinize every room mercilessly, and be realistic about what you actually need in your life. Hint: you don’t need to hoard everything.
Yes, decluttering is an important step as it allows for a smooth remodeling project, but that doesn’t always mean that you need to get rid of your precious belongings for good. In fact, there are many things in your home that you need to get out of the house for the time being, but should under no circumstances throw out, which is why you should look for a safe space to store your things for the time being.
Naturally, a self-storage unit is the perfect solution, because you need a grand space with a controlled climate that is safe and under constant surveillance in order to ensure that your belongings are, well, safe. But don’t just throw everything in, rather, organize your stuff in boxes, label everything, and be sure to wrap fragile items in bubble wrap for good measure, because you don’t want anything to get damaged during transit.
You should start by identifying possible health hazards in your home. From allergens and airborne pollutants to chemicals, toxins and pests, you’d be surprised by the number of hidden dangers. Therefore, you should inspect your home and identify critical areas that require your immediate attention. Afterwards, you should implement appropriate steps to eliminate each and every one of the hazards you’ve found.
Okay, on to the main issue, the remodel itself. When eager homeowners start planning a remodel, they tend to think about the aesthetics of the space, about how the new place will look and feel when the project is completed. That is great, you go ahead and envision that beautiful new kitchen island surrounded by ornate cabinetry, but first, consider the basics. Electricity and plumbing should be your priority, which is something that Australian homeowners prioritize nowadays as a way to make their homes more eco-conscious and to minimize their bills.
In the Land Down Under, homeowners living in costly urban environments such as Sydney will first call their trusty electrician in Sydney to run a thorough energy audit, suggest improvements, and implement new solutions into the remodeling project. Likewise, it’s not only important that you get in touch with your electrician, but also your plumber to check the house’s plumbing, and make any necessary upgrades or fix any problems before you start remodeling.
Sometimes, a remodeling project will be so small that you will be able to stay at your place and live around it. At other times, though, you will need to move out for a few days or perhaps even weeks, so you need to be prepared. In the months leading up to the remodel, be sure to research available accommodation, and to prep your temporary home for your family before you move in. This will allow for a seamless transition, and will make your stay in the new place as comfy and enjoyable as possible.
And lastly, make sure that the workers are using proper protection for the interior. It’s normal for a remodel to produce a lot of dust, debris, and dirt, but that doesn’t mean that you should spend a week’s time after it’s done cleaning up the place and trying to get dust out of the upholstery. Instead, make sure to protect the floors and the things you couldn’t store in your unit with tarp and bubble wrap, and have the workers do all preparations, mixing, and whatnot outside – there’s no need to saw wooden planks in the living room, is there?
Remodeling a home is the best way to breathe new life into your living environment, but before you start, you need to prepare the interior and tend to a few key tasks. Therefore, you should do everything in your power to prepare your house for remodel. Use these tips to organize yourself a smooth remodeling project, save money and time, and keep your precious belongings safe throughout.
By: Lilly Miller
Lilly is a graphic designer and a passionate writer. Loves everything about home decor, art history and baking. Shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney. Based in Sydney, but world is her playground.