Upgrading your home to make it not only more beautiful, but also a highly functional space for your family? This endeavor needs adequate preparation because it is not just a matter of hiring the pros to get the job done. You have to determine how the work will temporarily impact your family’s quality of life, especially if you will not be moving out while the renovation is being carried out.
To help you prep for this important undertaking, provided below are some of the most important considerations when having a house renovated. Along with these considerations are smart solutions that you can implement.
1. How long will the renovation project take?
A renovation project can take some time to complete. You want to make sure that you have a good sense of how long it will take. Also, it is imperative that your estimated period of work has room for delays.
Delays are very much a part of any renovation project, so prepare yourself and your family for these delays to avoid frustration.
2. What should you do with your belongings?
Your appliances, furniture, and other possessions are at great risk of getting dirty and damaged if you keep them where they are while work is carried out at home.
If you have a lot of fine furniture and expensive appliances, you may not want to just cover them with a cloth to protect them from dust. Cloth easily shifts, and it is not sturdy enough to shield and preserve the quality of your possessions should something big and hard fall on them.
One of your options is to renovate room by room. This will allow you to move your belongings to a safer place while one area is undergoing renovation. This can be a lot of work, though, and all that frequent moving around may still result in damages.
Your other option is to turn to a removalist and storage company . You can rent a storage unit for all the furniture and appliances you need to get out of the way, as well as hire the expert services of removalists to transport your items to the storage facility. This option will free your home of clutter and allow the workers to do their job in a more convenient manner.
3. How will your family get around to daily activities in an ongoing renovation?
This is something to carefully think about if your family intends to stay at home during the renovation. The desire to save money and constantly monitor the work at home will require a lot of adjustments to the routine that you are all used to.
Create a new schedule for bathing, especially during the period when the family has to share just one bathroom. Or, perhaps, you can build a makeshift outdoor shower that the boys can use.
When renovation commences for the kitchen, you can set up a temporary kitchen in your patio or one of the rooms of the house. You can bring a small fridge there, as well as a small hot plate or mini oven to cook your food.
4. What are the requirements you need to fulfil before any work starts?
Conducting inspections and procuring permits are important. Make sure that you have all the permits ready, and that a professional building inspector has provided you a written report on the condition of your home. This will ensure that you will have all the vital issues addressed for the safe execution of the project.
5. How can you cut costs?
Even folks with a generous budget look for ways to slash the expenses of a home makeover. Identify aspects of the project wherein you can reuse, recycle, repurpose, and use cheap finds and discounted items.
Likewise, consider methods that will allow you to pay less. For example, you can choose to pick up items instead of having them delivered, which comes with a fee. Or you can use your cash back credit card for purchases and take advantage of the “free money” for other important buys for the renovation.
Consider all these factors and implement the suggested solutions for them; you’ll reduce the stress of the process and even save a considerable amount of money.
Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.