Here’s an informative article by Emily Fazio on preparing for a home renovation for HGTV.
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Do you think you might be the type of person who would break down under the pressure of a big home remodel? With patience, foresight and equal amounts attention-to-detail and willingness to adapt to change, you can navigate the experience and get through the process without losing your mind. Start by following these tips, and commit to a roadmap that’ll leave you thinking “Okay, that wasn’t too bad.”
Take Audit of Your Belongings
Consume What You Have
Update Your Security System
- Buy an in-home safe to protect documents.
- Use a video doorbell to monitor deliveries while you’re away.
- Install smart locks that can be easily reprogrammed to grant access to contractors for limited periods of time.
Keep Ideas, Contracts and Receipts Organized – Digitally
Make digital bookkeeping your goal. Spend a Saturday mapping your organizational structure.
- Have shared idea boards with your family members and designers on sites like Pinterest.
- Choose a cloud storage system and use your phone to scan and create PDFs to digitize contracts and receipts for permanent safekeeping.
- Use shared spreadsheets and calendars to keep the important information available to anyone who needs to be in the know.
Have a (Safe, Functional) Appliance Plan
Putting your appliances out of service for any period of time is one of the biggest inconveniences of a kitchen renovation. Consider temporary downgrades, such as to a mini-fridge for simple necessities and a countertop-sized convection oven. Your outdoor grill might become your most-used accessory, so if you’re upgrading that too, choose one that will fit your needs. Be certain that any appliances you’re using are suitable for ordinary 120v outlet receptacles and consider upgrading outlets to GFCI to detect ground faults and protect your home. Put any appliances that require special ventilation in storage until they can be properly hooked up.
Think Through the Other Inconveniences Too
- Consider joining a gym so you have somewhere to shower during a bathroom reno.
- Adapt the home so that’s it’s more convenient to use different entryways.
- Create a safe room for your pet if they will be left alone with workers during the day.
- Add a drying rack for dishes to your bathroom, so you’re less inconvenienced during a kitchen remodel.
- Roll up area rugs throughout the house to keep them clean, both from work boots and from the dusty environment.
- Keep extra fitted bedsheets available to cover furniture to prevent expected dust from settling on couches and chairs.
- Attach plastic sheeting to the front of large open shelving units, to prevent items on the shelves from dust build-up.
- Keep doors to other rooms closed during construction for dust control.