There are always going to be certain times as a homeowner when you have to face a certain amount of upheaval in your property as a result of some major renovations or repairs that need to take place.
Whatever the reason for the disruption, the way to cope with work going on around you in your home is to prepare properly for the event.
Here are some insights into how to get you and your home ready for a big project, including a look at the emotional and financial aspects to consider, preparing your property for building work, a savvy tip for sealing off the dust, plus suggestions for carrying on with daily life while your home is transformed.
Short-term disruption for longer term gain
It helps to cope with the disruption to your daily home life if you can see a positive end result such as repairing some damage to your property or adding some extra living space.
If you have decided to carry out some extensive home renovation plans it could take up to a year to finish all the work completely and get your back from being a construction site to a family home.
Understanding what the work involves and how long it will take beforehand will help you to cope with the emotional as well as the financial aspects of your plans, regardless of whether they are repairs or remodeling plans.
It might be necessary to put some of your possessions into storage while the work is carried out in order to protect them from harm or to simply clear the area in preparation for work.
Using someone like First Choice Self Storage can be a suitable solution for keeping your items safe and getting peace of mind that they are taken care of while work is going on.
Keeping out dust
One of the major inconveniences you can face when renovation work is being carried is the amount of dust and dirt it can create throughout the rest of your home.
If there is one thing you will regret not doing it is sealing the work area off from the rest of your home.
Arrange to plastic wrap the renovation area with zip doorways in order to minimize the amount of dust that can escape into other parts of your property. The configuration of your house might make it difficult to completely seal off the area, especially if you have an open-plan layout, but it is well worth spending a bit of time and money securing the work area as best as possible.
Contending with regular amounts of dirt and dust throughout the house will soon make you wish you had secure the area properly beforehand.
Damage in adjacent rooms
If you have sealed up the work area it can be tempting to think that this will be enough and you can leave adjacent rooms as they are without being affected by the drilling and repair work.
If you are having drywalling work done, for example, the vibrations caused during the installation process could conceivably be felt in the rooms nearby. If that happens, you could find pictures and treasured items you have on display on shelves becoming vulnerable and they could get damaged if the vibrations are enough to dislodge them.
It would be a good idea to put some of your personal items in adjacent rooms away for the time being by emptying your walls and shelves so that they stay safe, which is a better idea than run the risk of them getting damaged.
Have a living plan
If you are having the kitchen remodeled that is a major artery of your home out of action and you are going to have to work out how you are going to prepare meals and make drinks while that area is out of action.
A microwave and a coffee pot in another room can provide you with some ways to address the problem, and it would be sensible to work out how you are going to cope before work gets underway.
Takeouts are ok a couple of times a week but that can get tedious and expensive if your kitchen is going to take a good few weeks to put right.
Whatever work you are having done aim to have a plan of action as to how you are going to live around the disturbance created by renovation work and be prepared for delays, because construction work often hits snags so it’s better to expect the work to take longer and be surprised when it gets finished on time.
Michael Mills is a carpenter who loves to help homeowners get the most from their homes. His articles appear on a number of DIY and homeowner websites.