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There is no doubt that home renovations can be a stressful time. However, you will be happy to discover that there are some tactics you can use to ensure your renovation goes as smoothly as possible. Read on to find out what they are.
Create a schedule of work.
First of all, when it comes to home renovations, being organised and retaining some semblance of control can make all the difference. Of course, to be able to do this, you need to have some idea of what order things are meant to happen.
Happily, there is a strategy you can use to display this information efficiently. It’s called a schedule of works, and you will find that construction professionals such as site managers use these to keep on top of a project. However, when it comes to renovations and extensions, you may not have a site manager that will plan everything out for you. Something that means you need to take on this role.
Fortunately, it’s not so difficult to do so. All you need is to list every task that needs to be completed. Along with the things that need to happen leading up to this. Such as site deliveries, or stages of the build like having the roof on. Then you will have a document that outlines exactly what will happen when, something that means you can plan your home life around this and make the entire experience much more manageable for the whole family.
Make a coping plan.
Talking of making things manageable, don’t forget that any renovation work will be disruptive to your home life. In fact, not only can you be left to deal with a lot of dirt and dust, but you may need to cope with extended periods where you cannot access facilities. Such as running water, hot water, or electricity as well.
With that in mind, predicting issues and creating a plan for how you will keep the family going while they are occurring is crucial. For example, you may be able to use a neighbour or family member’s shower or buy bottled water until your supply is reconnected.
Get help at every step.
Another way you can get your home renovation to run as smoothly as possible is not to be shy about recruiting help. Actually, while most jobs are DIYable, there is a whole range of specialists that can help you complete them. Often much more quickly and professionally, as well as with the minimum amount of effort and disruption possible.
In fact, you can get professional help from everyone from strip out contractors to painter and decorators. The former being people that can help you strip back the part of your home that is being renovated to a blank canvas. While the latter are the people to call in once all of the work is done, and you want to add the decorative finishing touches.
Entrances and exits matter too.
Finally, when it comes to smooth running home renovations, don’t forget that workers will need to be able to access and exit your site easily. What this means is laying down protection such as plastic sheeting, or even wooden boards inside of the house is a smart idea. The reason being that these will protect the flooring underneath. Therefore minimising any risk of damage, and the stress that goes along with it.