So, you’ve got your home remodeling project scheduled right down to the housewarming party. You’re prepared and you’ve even built in extra time for those unexpected disasters lurking around the corner. But what about preventing those potential delays and stressors that you could be causing and you don’t even know it?
We understand the frustration. You don’t know what you don’t know…until now.
5 Common Home Remodeling Mistakes
Avoid future frustrations and prevent these five common home remodeling mistakes (so they don’t happen to you) with these home remodeling tips:
1. Jumping in Without a Plan
Whether you prefer to DIY or hire a pro, home remodeling projects will most likely disrupt your lifestyle flow for an entire season. More if you don’t have a plan in place. Minimize the inconvenience by planning ahead and getting organized first. Break your project down into small pieces and work with your construction team on a realistic timeline to minimize the number of days your room is out of commission.
2. Dreaming Before You Budget
Sure, the luxurious marble counter-top looks dreamy in the remodeling magazine. That is, until you find out it’s $1500 over budget without any room to squeeze. First determine your budget. Then follow your dreams. Setting realistic expectations will not only save you money, but can also save your sanity.
3. Forgetting About Temporary Living Space
Should you stay or should you go? With smaller sized projects, such as a bathroom remodel, you’ll be able to stay in your home without too much disruption. But sometimes you can’t stay in a home being renovated. For those big (noisy) projects that take more than a few weeks, you may need to consider a temporary move.
If you’re remodeling your kitchen, be sure to set up a different space so you can continue to prepare light meals at home. It should be out of the way of construction dust, easily accessible to the family and include a refrigerator, microwave and a space to prep food. You may want to stock up on some take-out menus during this time as well.
4. Getting Overrun by Dust
You’re starting a home renovation project; there’s going to be dust. It’s expected, but it doesn’t have to look like a war zone in your home. Do some damage control to protect against dust, debris and damage. Remove curtains, put down a protective tarp over floors, cover furniture and book cases and clean as you go. If you’re prone to severe dust allergies, you may need to consider temporary living arrangements throughout the heavy demo and sanding stages of your project.
5. Disrupting Your Life (More than Necessary)
A home renovation project is inevitably going to interrupt the flow in just about every room in your home. Even if you’re doing a renovation project in the second-floor bathroom, dust will magically find its way down the stairs and into your kitchen. Not only that, but your belongings could also be at risk of getting damaged as contractors move throughout the house. How can you make it easier to upgrade your décor without disrupting your life more than necessary?
Clear out your space. Pack and store valuables out of harm’s way before the work begins. Consider renting a temporary storage unit to keep things secure and organized (and dust-free).
Survive Your New Jersey Home Renovation Project
While there’s no way to completely eliminate the stresses that come with a home renovation project, you can reduce the risk of making some common mistakes along the way by preparing in advance. Give these tips a try and when your gorgeous home makeover is done, you’ll be much more excited to enjoy it.
At Tiger Storage & Moving, we have our own climate controlled storage space where you can temporarily store your belongings without worrying about them getting damaged or full of dust during your project. With containerized storage vaults and affordable rates, our storage facility is safe and secure. Make an appointment today to tour the facility.