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August 20, 2018 Brooklyn Grub

What You Need to do Before a Major Home Remodel

A significant home remodel can be extremely daunting to say the least. If you believe you are one of those people who could buckle under the pressure of such a huge endeavor, all you need to do is follow a well-defined roadmap and you’ll be able to retain your sanity at the end of it all. With perseverance, meticulous planning, flexibility and an equal amount of adherence to details; you will succeed spectacularly with the project at hand more often than not. Here are some tips you can follow which will help you get through the ‘tough times’.

Know what you have

One of the most important tasks to complete before a home renovation begins is auditing your permanent belongings inside the house. The older you are, the more likely it is for you to have stuff stashed away somewhere you might have completely forgotten about. There are numerous advantages to having a catalog of your permanent home items, and following are but a few of them:

  • Storage Solution — The things you are keeping will have to be stored during the renovation process. Additionally, you will have to identify the stuff you want to keep available with you in the house and the things you don’t mind locking away for the time being. The major appliances/electronics along with smaller belongings which are not used much can be stored away in a spare room, or even a storage unit. Whereas the things that are likely to be used every day (coffee maker, makeup, accessories, etc.) can be kept handy in the house itself.
  • Make it easier to clear out — A full home remodeling can be an amazing opportunity for you to get your belongings in order. Prepare a catalog of all the stuff you own as extensively as you can, and assign them to one of four categories: keep, sell, donate, and hand-me-downs. Get rid of the things you won’t need before the renovation starts.
  • For insurance purposes — The entire exercise will help you keep track of all your valuable possessions. So take this opportunity to not only get rid of stuff you don’t need but also prepare a list of all your valuables and their price.

Refrain from overstocking

Most of us have the tendency to buy things we don’t really need, especially when it comes to eatables. Different types of jellies, jams, coffee, tea, shampoos, soaps etc; we end up shopping on a whim more often than not.

Once you have decided to go ahead with the renovation, make sure you don’t buy something you don’t absolutely need. Use up the things you already have stored away in your freezer, in your bathroom, in your cabinets. That way, you won’t have to worry about them in the future.

Secure your house

During a remodel, your house will see a lot of footfall. With so many people constantly moving around and your house being essentially open all the time, you will need a robust security plan to put your mind at ease. This is especially critical if the house will remain unattended for long periods of time. Invest in the following things and make sure you are safe and secure:

  • Have personal safe(s) to store precious belongings and important papers. After buying a safe, read through the user manual carefully. A lot of safes have fail-safe codes built in which need to be reset. These can override any passcodes if you leave them at factory setting. Secondly, make sure the safe is itself secured so that no one can simply steal the entire safe itself.
  • There are a number of smart home security solutions in the market today which are worth checking out. You can have smart locks that will provide the workers timed access to specific parts of your home. You can even monitor the activities through CCTVs, or a video doorbell to make sure the correct people are being let into your house in your absence.

Protect your appliances

A kitchen renovation will end up putting a majority of your appliances out of use for an extended period of time, which can be one of the biggest inconveniences related to the project. Mini-fridges and small microwaves can be used temporarily. Put any appliances that require special ventilation in storage until they can be properly hooked up. If your fridge is going to be unhooked for an extended period of time, fill it with newspapers to keep the odor under check.

Record things digitally

Utilize the technology at your disposal and create a shared workspace for the different stakeholders. Use Pinterest to create shared boards with your family members. It is a great tool for sharing of ideas.

Backup all your receipts and bills on your drive for easy access. Having your resources on a cloud will help you stay organized while making everything super easy and convenient.

Be prepared for the curveballs

There are plenty of other things you need to be careful about when planning a renovation. Here are just a few of them:

  • Buy extra fitted sheets to protect your furniture during the renovation.
  • Roll up the carpets to make sure they are not damaged.
  • If you have pets, designate a safe room for them.
  • If you have multiple entry points into your home, try designating one of them to the workers specifically.
  • Remove photographs/paintings from the walls just to be safe.
  • Make sure you have a gameplan for your nutrition needs.
  • Most of the gyms have showers and other basic amenities. So it won’t be a bad idea to invest in a gym membership.

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