Home renovation work is no longer carried out because living spaces are in dire need of repair. Quite often, people's creative lifestyles demand this project. They want their home to align entirely with their unique standards and cater to their newfound interests.
For instance, a lot of rock climbers these days create climbing walls in their homes. Not only do they install rock climbing grips on their blank walls, but they make sure to add safety features as well, thereby completely altering the function and style of their home interior.
Meanwhile, there are those who simply develop a new style. In recent years, minimalist and Scandinavian interiors have been all the rage. Many homeowners have begun veering away from intricate interior design and decor and now opt for a cleaner and more basic home design that is focused on more open spaces and simple high-quality materials.
Whatever your reason for wishing to renovate your living space, be it a villa, townhouse, condominium unit, or cottage, preparation is key to making the process minimally stressful.
Here are some tips from a professional mover and packer that can help:
1. Clear your home for the work.
Even if you continue to live in the same house during the renovation process, declutter as much as you can and put away big-ticket items in a storage facility. Doing this will allow you and the renovators to move more comfortably. You do not have to worry about the possibility of the renovation work damaging your big-ticket appliances and beautiful furniture.
To clear your home quickly for renovation, consider hiring removal services that can help with the dismantling of your furniture, so they are easier to transport to the storage facility, and for packing other items as well.
2. Create a new temporary routine.
Whether you like it or not, having your house renovated will cause a huge disturbance to your daily routine, especially if you will stay in the same house throughout the project. It will help you and your family immensely to draw up a new schedule for your activities, so you do not have to worry about getting in the way of the renovation work and vice versa.
You may have to adjust your sleeping hours, meal times, and even your daily hygiene routine. This way, you can avoid the possibility of awkward encounters with the renovators at home.
3. Come up with makeshift solutions.
Where will you cook your meals when the renovators start tackling the kitchen? Or, where will you bathe once the bathroom makeover commences?
For these, you can create make-shift rooms such as an outdoor shower or cooking and dining area. You do not need to move out all your items to these rooms, but perhaps bring out a hot plate, cooler, and foldable panel walls (for a bit of privacy for the garden shower). This may not be an ideal arrangement, but it will do until the work is done.
4. Always stay on top of costs.
Before the renovation starts, identify the aspects of the project where you can be a bit more frugal. For instance, if you will be changing doorknobs and you wish to add decorative accents, how about visiting online auctions and scouring around your area for yard sales, and shopping at the flea market?
You can find economical options through certain alternative sources. You will not only be able to save some money, but you may even be able to splurge on high-quality products without compromising your budget.
5. Set realistic expectations when it comes to cost and time.
When you set a budget for the project, acknowledge right away that there will be a few materials that will cost more than expected. Likewise, the work will not always flow smoothly — expect delays because they are inevitable in any type of construction work.
The idea here is to be as flexible as you can, and you will likely stress less. There are things beyond anybody's control, such as the weather and processing issues, so do not get too worked up over them, and just focus on the end goal.
These may just be five things, but if you are hiring the pros for the project, these truly are the only aspects that you can pitch in. As few as they are, you can bet that they will have a massive impact on the flow of your home renovation, and you will be glad that you covered them during your preparation for the project.
Hafiz Zafar is the owner of Professional Movers. The company offers reliable, cost-effective and stress-free packing, storage and relocation services across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other parts of the UAE region.