Remodels are great. Remodels are amazing.
But with the great feeling of starting a new chapter in your home, there’s also quite a bit of stress, uncertainty, and a whole lot of emotions that come with a home remodel. Yet, people who know how to manage a remodel can make this a very enjoyable process.
Yes, we mean that the smiling faces that you see on TLC when they’re demolishing a wall can be true, as long as you know how to manage it.
In this article will go through everything from how to plan a home renovation, to understanding how to manage a renovation project while still keeping most of your day-to-day life undisturbed.
(Oh, yes, it’s possible!)
You will have to make sure that you have all the tools necessary to get the job done.
Did you think this was going to be an easy job? Well, while there’s nothing better than hiring a contractor to handle all the dirty work, guess what, you will still have to supervise them and make sure everything is going according to plan.
But there’s also another thing–not everyone can afford to hire contractors, which means many of the things have to be DIY-ed. Hence, you’ll need to acquire the right tools for the job. Everything from a MIG tig stick welder, to even more specialized tools.
You will have to make sure you have the budget to buy these tools. A pro tip is to rent the very expensive and specialized tools because most of the time, you won’t use them after the renovation is done. You can be sure most of the bigger hardware stores will rent you the tools that you need as they have this type of program set in place.
You can be sure that your daily schedule won’t be anything like you planned it to be.
It’s not hard to imagine having breakfast while your whole kitchen is gutted. Yep, it will be dusty, dirty, and your whole daily schedule will be thrown off.
While you are renovating your home, you will have to prepare for the disturbances that will come your way every single day. Whether something unexpected will happen during the day that you will have to deal with urgently, or some small things will take up all of your time, until the renovation is finished, expect a constant need for pivoting in your daily life.
Prepare yourself to live with a lot of dust until the after building cleanup takes place.
Likewise, living in a house that construction is taking place means that you will have to deal with a lot of dust.
Our pro tip is to separate the part of your home that’s under construction from the part of the property where your family is living. You can do it by setting up temporary nylon barriers. It’s fairly inexpensive, and if you keep them in good condition, you can always reuse them for another renovation in the future.
Make sure you have properly calculated your budget and always know how much you can afford to spend.
The most important thing, and we cannot stress this enough, is to make sure you have the needed budget for everything that you want to do.
If you can’t, or don’t know how to properly budget, you can be sure you’ll have trouble on your hands during the renovation.
See, any sprucing to your home will come with a higher price tag than you currently have in mind for the amount of money that you should spend. This means that you should have between twenty and thirty percent on top of what you’re planning to spend. That way you’ll be sure you won’t run out of money if something unplanned comes across.
It always pays off to have a good understanding of which parts of the remodel are important and which can be done after the dirty work has finished.
Finally, you will have to know which parts of the remodeling should be done during the first stage, and what you have to leave for the second stage of the project.
For example, if you’re planning to have a fresh lick of paint, then it’s best to have this taken care of in the first stage of the remodel. This also applies to everything that is more heavy-duty.
You should also have to consider how the new paint will affect the lighting in the room. What furniture you’ll have to buy and what the overall feel for the space you’re aiming for.