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How to Make Renovations on Your New Home Easier to Complete

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 03 October 2017 15:58

Major home renovations can sometimes be such a nightmare that they are the standing plot that keeps house-flipping shows another season on the air. However, the tensions of going over budget, having renovation disasters, and problems with contractors does not have to be part of your home remodeling experience. Here is how to make your new home renovations easier to complete.

Start with a Solid Plan

If you do not know what you want, do not be surprised with what you get. Some companies, like Rules of Renovation, know that you can feel free to bug your contractor with infinite details. If you have a good contractor, he will be used to it. Plus, people in charge of your renovations do not want to guess what you want. They want to give you exactly what you want. If you give too much leeway in the final product, you may end up with your contractor’s vision for how he would like it to look if it was his house. This may or may not be in line with your vision of what your home renovations should be. Everything from the color of the paint on the walls to the exact brand and model of faucets in tubs, sinks, and showers should be picked out and approved by you.

Coordinate DIY with Any Professional Workers

If you are renovating using a mix of do-it-yourself and help from professional renovators, make sure to coordinate the work in the same way a general contractor would. Though it is obvious you would do plumbing and electrical before putting up insulation or drywall, there are renovation specialties that rely on proper sequences and timing to get things done right and on schedule. Contractors coordinate framing and finish crews with plumbers, electricians and HVAC professionals. Getting anything done out of sequence may require demolition or expensive retrofitting, and this includes getting each phase of renovations inspected by your local governing bodies. To avoid costly mistakes, you may find it better to just hire a professional company to handle all the renovation tasks for you.

Put Furniture in Storage

Clear the area to be renovated entirely. No furniture or personal belongings should be in the construction area. This makes the job go much faster and protects your things from damage. Rent a storage area for the short term, and get everything out of the way. There is no need to stuff things into other rooms. Your family routines will be upset enough during renovations, and less clutter makes it easier. Covering things with old sheets is not good enough. Dust from renovation work is tough on electronics, and it has a way of creeping into anything, even under tarps and sheets. Keeping things out of the work areas is best.

Arrange Refuse Removal in Advance

Your trash hauler is not likely going to take any building products. Local rules vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For example, your trash hauler may accept one large item, such as a dishwasher or toilet, per week but may not take a single 2x4 scrap or piece of broken drywall. Some areas will take empty latex paint cans that have fully dried paint residue, but they will reject all oil-based paints. Be clear on how to get rid of construction waste and how much it will cost. Renovation waste removal can add significantly to your remodeling budget.

Most easy home renovations involve common sense planning and an organized workflow. Do not be afraid to ask a lot of questions. Seek out the stories of the pitfalls your friends, relatives, neighbors and coworkers got into when they renovated, and then be sure to take steps to prevent the same things from happening to you. Also, even though you may be on a tight renovation budget, avoid using inexperienced help. You want your renovations to look good, to last as long as possible, and be done in compliance to local and national codes.

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Rachelle Wilber

Rachelle Wilber is a former real estate agent now turned freelance writer that specializes in home realty, mortgage, and building. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.

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