Even if you take preventative steps, renovating your home can be a stressful time. Whether it’s losing access to an important room, having to deal with dust, or simply emptying rooms before the renovation, there’s a lot that can lead to disruption.
When we at PMG Custom Building take on a project, we always look for ways to make it as stress-free as possible. To help you out, here are some tips for how to renovate your home with minimal disruption.
1. Isolate Your Rooms
If possible, isolate the rooms you’re renovating from the rest of the house. This could be as simple as putting up a temporary wall or dust sheet to keep it separate. While this might not keep out all the noise, it should at least minimize dust and dirt getting into the rest of your house.
2. Make Sure You Prep Rooms
This is probably a no-brainer, but make sure rooms are fully prepped before your renovation team arrives. This means emptying cupboards, putting stuff into storage, and cleaning. Your room should be fully ready for the team to arrive and start work, especially if you want to stay on time.
3. Book Vacation Time
It helps if you’re around when the renovation team are working, so consider booking some vacation time. You might not be able to help, but being at home means you can at least answer questions or engage in conversations when they happen. As with tip 2, this’ll help your project keep to its deadline.
4. Set Up Temporary Rooms
You might not need to establish a temporary living room while yours is being renovated, but this tip is particularly important for rooms like bathrooms and kitchens. Before the project starts, make sure you’ve got an alternative space set up. It could be as simple as a microwave and a hot plate in your living room – you just need somewhere you won’t get in the way.
5. Try to Maintain Your Normal Routine
While this tip isn’t strictly related to renovation disruption, it’s useful for helping you stay sane while it’s going on. For example, if your kitchen or bedroom is out of action for a few weeks, it can be easy to feel more stressed. So, try to stick to your normal daily routine as much as possible to minimize the feeling of personal disruption.
6. Make Your Decisions in Advance
Other than emergency decisions, make sure you and your contractor are clear on all the details before the project begins. Big things like fittings and finishes should be finalized, but so should some general answers to emergency questions. For example, discuss potential issues with your contractor in advance so they have an idea of what to do if something comes up.
Provided you follow these tips, disruption from your renovation project should be minimal.
If you’re considering remodeling your home, get in touch with us for a consultation to see how we can help.