Today I’m sharing the wisdom of my dear friend Heidi, who recently completed an extensive home renovation project. Her family of four lived in their home during the renovation process, which brings with it certain crazy challenges.
I asked Heidi to share her home renovation survival tips with all of us today. Got a home renovation or remodeling project in your future? These tips are sure to save your sanity!
Home Renovation Survival Tips
1. Mentally Prepare for Chronic Chaos
If you are the type who likes everything “just so”, you will seriously need to prepare yourself mentally for the temporary change in lifestyle that goes hand-in-hand with living in a “Renovation in Process” environment.
You will need to adopt the mantra that this too shall pass, and regularly remind yourself that the end result will be worth it!
2. Take Steps to Minimize the Spread of Construction Dust.
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Heidi suggests packing away items that you will not need access to during the renovation process, in order to prevent them from being coated with construction dust. Also, consider investing in magnetic air vent covers to use in the areas of your home that are not being renovated. Another good practice is to seal the doorway between your living area and the renovation area via heavy-duty plastic drop cloths.
3. Earmark Your Storage Areas in Advance
Renovation projects require the removal of the “stuff” that typically lives in the space…furniture, appliances, home decor, etc. You will need a place in your home to serve as a temporary holding area for this stuff while the project is underway.
- a large area in her basement
- a spare bedroom.
4. Prepare to Make Decisions QUICKLY
Selecting finishes can be a daunting process for the average homeowner. You will often be called upon to make decisions quickly so as not to hold up contractors.
Begin your research as early as possible so that you are in a good position to make those critical decisions when it’s time to do so. If you lack confidence in the design department, enlist the assistance of a professional or a trusted friend who has a knack for design.
5. Order Your Materials ASAP
Be vigilant about ordering all materials necessary for your renovation as soon as possible. You never know when you will be faced with waiting for a back-ordered item that will prevent your project from moving forward.
Once your project is at a standstill, the contractors move onto other projects, and it can be a painful process as you wait for them to incorporate your project back into their schedule.
(Waiting on the arrival of these windows held her project up for months)
6. Think Twice About DIYing It
You might be tempted to take on certain aspects of the renovation yourself, in order to save some cash. It makes sense to invest your sweat equity if you have expertise in a particular skill like electrical, plumbing, or drywall installation.
If you are not an expert, you may want to think twice about DIYing it. Heidi regrets their attempt at drywall patching (see below), and wishes they would have left this piece of the project in the hands of the experts.
Heidi’s final word of advice to me was to avoid letting your kids make paint color selections, or you might just end up with Kermit The Frog green in the hall bathroom!
Of course, I learned this lesson a while back with my daughter’s room makeover.
So those are Heidi’s home renovation survival tips in a nutshell! Stay tuned for the reveal of Heidi’s new and improved abode!
There are sooo many moving parts to keep track of during a home renovation project. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the details…deadlines, budget, and design decisions. Having a system to keep your project(s) organized is a must.
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