The Home Renovation Survival Guide
Having a home renovation done can mean a lot of chaos in your household. Which can be compounded if you are not prepared for the realities that come along with home improvements. Changing around your home will help your home become more functional, but it may mean living in a messy construction zone until the renovations are complete. Here are a few things to remember when living with home renovations that can make the experience a bit easier.
Have Realistic Expectations
Don’t go into home renovations expecting them to be clean and dainty. There is nothing dainty about renovating a home. There are going to be messes, there may be service interruptions with some of the functions of your home here and there, and there are going to be loud noises. Going into the process knowing what to expect can make the entire project less stressful for everyone involved.
Talk with the Contractors When You Have Questions or Concerns
Many homeowners do not want to communicate with the contractors very often because they believe it could be a distraction or will slow things down. While it could do both of those things, if you plan for frequent conversations, neither of these should be a concern. When you hire a contractor, make sure you have it known that you want them to be available to you. That way, if you have any questions or concerns, you can address them. Just make sure you do it when appropriate, so no one gets hurt or caught off-guard.
Protect Yourselves During the Renovations
During nearly all home repairs, there is going to be dust flying around, plus scents from many of the materials used. Make sure you speak with the contractors ahead of time so you can determine when it is safe to be in your home, and when you should be elsewhere for a day or two. Also, make sure you know what type of ventilation is going to be used to prevent odors from lingering after the renovations are complete.
You also want to make sure to protect your belongings during the renovation process. Move out what furniture you can, and find out how you can seal off rooms that are not a part of the renovation. The more preparation you do ahead of time, the less dust and debris will invade your home where the renovations are not taking place. Preparations ahead of time can make cleanup much easier.
If you want help either with home renovations or preparing for home renovations, give us a call at ACR Ltd. We can help you get your home and life ready for when you start your home renovation project. Just remember, soon enough, your home is going to be even more beautiful and functional than it was before. At that point, all of the chaos you endured will have been worth it!