Home improvement projects can be rather costly and complicated to pull off, which is why people usually choose to have professionals do their renovating. However, you can save a lot of money and get a chance to show off your creativity if you take at least a part of the renovating process into your own hands. Regardless of whether you’ll leave it to professionals or choose to do it yourself, here’s what you should keep in mind when thinking about renovating.
It doesn’t matter if you’re remodeling your entire house or just certain rooms, clearing the surfaces is imperative if you want to be productive and keep things neat. The rooms which will be remodeled should be emptied of everything that isn’t essential. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you don’t have to pack every single coffee mug and spoon (you’ll probably need those soon enough) because otherwise you’ll lose a lot of time digging through a pile of things to find what you need. Things which you’re sure you’ll use should be kept close, in an easily accessible place, while the rest should be packed in boxes and taken away.
You might think that you’ll have to rent out a storage unit until you’re done renovating, or take a bunch of boxes to a neighbor’s or a friend’s house, but it’s not necessarily the case. Of course, if you have the funds and the means to do so, don’t hesitate; it will give you peace of mind to know that your things are safe and not in your way. On the other hand, you can also keep them with you, but remember that it means that you’ll be moving them around quite a lot. Keep them in a storage area which is not in the way of the main flow of traffic through the house. Usually it’s garages, attics, and basements that make the best in-home storage spaces.
You’ll be having a lot of new people around, which is always a good reason to stay alert and on guard. People might try to take advantage of a house that’s in the middle of remodeling, so you should secure your home. Have smartphone-controlled locks installed and always know who is in your house and when. Also, it might be a good idea to keep your valuables in a safe in a bank instead of keeping them in the house.
Paint, not replace
When things get old and boring, you naturally want to replace them with something new and interesting. However, you can just choose to paint them instead, and save a lot of money you can use for a different project. Paint is not just for walls, it can give new life to other things too, such as cabinet hardware, your brick fireplace, floors, tiles, and drawers. Remember to protect the things you don’t want painted before you start: buy plastic wrappers and painter’s tape, and place old newspapers on the floor.
Freshen up your floors
Have you been using rugs and carpets to hide your floors? Are your floors so old and worn-out that they’ve lost their shine? Luckily, you don’t have to change them completely if you choose to apply a fresh coat of floor paint instead. By picking high-quality paint, you can ensure that that fresh coat will endure impacts and scratches made by pets, furniture, and your guests’ shoes. This way you will be able to change the carpets you use in your home to soft rugs which will reveal the beauty of your ‘new’ floors.
The success of your home renovation depends a lot on your preparation; the better you prepare and the more you plan, the more likely it is that your ideas will be met. While it’s important to know where to draw the line and call professionals, it’s equally important to have fun and stay safe when you’re tackling a project on your own. By the time the work is done you’ll be proud of yourself and your new-old home.