If your home is about to undergo a major renovation, there’s a chance you’re unsure of how to deal with it. You probably already have all of the logistics figured out, but here are Things to keep in mind during a home renovation you need to consider as well.
Big home renovations usually mean your life is going to be inconvenienced in some way. In order to get through that time and stay sane, you need to be prepared. Centsational Style suggests moving out altogether during this time or taking a vacation. It’ll be very hard to access spaces like your bathroom and kitchen while everything is happening, and it’ll probably be very stressful living in a place that is temporarily destroyed. If you can afford to get out of town while all of the renovations are happening, great! It’s a great way to get everyone out of the house while spending time relaxing with friends and family. If you can’t afford to go on a vacation after paying for your renovations, try staying with friends or family for the duration of the remodel. If you have no one to stay with, find a hotel that will be willing to put you up for a few weeks or rent out a home through a service like Airbnb.
Momaha says you need to protect all of your belongings. For example, if you’re having work done in your living room and know that dust is going to be flying everywhere, it’s important to either cover your furniture with cloths and tarps or to remove the pieces from the room altogether. Cover doorways with plastic tarps to prevent dust from entering rooms that aren’t being worked on (like your kid’s rooms, for example.) If you have access to your home during the renovation, make sure you’re taking the time every other day or so to fully vacuum and get everything up off the floor. It’s also a good idea to wear face masks any time you enter the “construction zones.” If you’re going to be painting or using some coating, for example, the fumes that come from the products can be extremely toxic. Try using something like polyaspartic coatings instead of toxic products. Polyaspartic coatings have low to zero VOC, meaning that they won’t hurt indoor air quality.
Safewise says even if you plan on staying in your home during the renovations, it’s important to take everything that you will need for the next few weeks or so out of the rooms that are being worked on. For example, if you’re having your bathroom redone, you’re probably going to need access to toiletries (unless you plan on not taking a shower for about a month). According to a Houzz survey, about 60% of homeowners say they plan to remodel their master bathroom at some point, making it a popular project. Make sure you take your soaps, shampoos, toothbrush, face wash, and other necessities out of your bathroom and move them into rooms like your bedroom and even your kitchen. Your kitchen sink can come in handy during these projects. Roughly 87% of homeowners who plan on remodeling their bathroom say they’re going to remodel their shower as well, so planning ahead and finding an alternative shower space is key.
Home renovations can be exciting, but it’s extremely important to make sure you’re prepared for the long weeks ahead. Doing what you need to do to protect your family and your belongings will help you get through the remodel stress-free.