Aug 26, 2020
Preparing for Home Renovations: What you need to know
A home renovation can be an exciting time. It’s an opportunity to reimagine your home and bring your renovation dreams to life. However, it can also be incredibly stressful and timelines and budgets can go right out the window if you’re not organised.
So before you embark on that long-awaited renovation, you need to make sure you know what to expect and are thoroughly prepared. And we have some tips to help get you ready.
Plan the Renovation
The first step is planning your renovation. That includes deciding what you want done, drawing up a budget, getting quotes and having designs drawn up. There are plenty of useful renovation guides available to help guide you through the process. It’s important to get as much planning done ahead of time to ensure the project goes as smoothly as possible.
Prepare the Space
Before the renovation work commences, you will need to prepare the space. The workers will need room to do their job and to store materials and equipment. Additionally, renovations can be messy work, so you want to be sure to remove anything that could potentially be damaged.
Move any furniture and breakables out of the workspace and store them elsewhere. You may want to store them somewhere else in the house. Alternatively, you could rent some temporary storage space to ensure none of your valuables are damaged during the work.
It’s also worth looking into mini bin hire. Even if you’re not taking the renovation as an opportunity to declutter your home, chances are you will still need a skip to dispose of the construction materials.
Prepare nearby Areas
While not every room in your home may be getting renovated, you may still need to prepare these spaces. For instance, you may want to cover furniture in adjacent rooms to protect it from dust.
It’s also a good idea to remove breakables or anything sitting on shelves in nearby rooms, since the vibrations from the work can lead to falls and breakages.
If any rooms will be used for worker access or equipment or material storage, you may also want to put down some temporary flooring to prevent damage to carpets or flooring.
Prepare your Family
Along with moving home and getting a divorce, home renovations can be one of the most stressful home experiences in a person’s life. That’s why it’s important to plan how you and your family will handle the renovations.
For example, you will need to decide if you will stay in your home while the renovation is underway, or if it would be better to temporarily live elsewhere. Take into consideration your unique circumstances, including if children need regular naps during the day or you work from home and construction noise may be a disturbance.
Whatever you choose, it’s recommended that you try to stick to your usual routine and schedule to look after your mental health. You may feel more stressed than usual because of renovations. So, having a set schedule can help you avoid unpredictability, which can make you feel more stressed.
Don’t forget that your family may also experience stress and other negative emotions too during the renovations. Make time to speak with your partner about each other’s stresses. Support one another as needed.
If you have children, take the time to speak with them about what is happening. They may not fully understand what the renovations are and why their home has become different. There are lots of things you can do too to make them feel more comfortable as well, like sticking to routines and getting away from the house together regularly.
Sometimes you may be legally obliged to inform your neighbours of any proposed renovation work, but this isn’t always the case. However, it is always polite to let neighbours know that construction work will be happening.
Inform them when it will be starting and the timeline. It can be helpful to also let them know when workers will arrive and leave each day. You may like to provide your neighbours with your phone number or email so they can reach you if they have concerns.
Get your renovation off to a good start by preparing yourself and your home for renovations. Remember to look after yourself and your family, and don’t forget to look forward to the completed renovations.