Home renovations can easily cost you an arm and a leg in the blink of an eye. It requires a lot of time and energy, more so than you might be capable of giving. It’s a stressful situation to be in, particularly when it’s a large job or works being done in an essential room like the kitchen or bathroom. To help you stay relaxed throughout your renovation, here are five things to consider.
Create a Temporary Kitchen
Is your kitchen being renovated and will be out of commission for several weeks? Instead of ordering out every day and burning a hole in your wallet, create a temporary kitchen in a remote area of your home. Borrow or purchase a mini-fridge and microwave, maybe a toaster oven, and you should be good to go for the foreseeable future.
Keep Valuable Possessions Elsewhere
Things can get pretty hectic during a home renovation, with contractors working around your home day in and day out, it’s likely that some of your possessions can break or get damaged. To prevent any valuable heirlooms from meeting their end, store them away in the garage or any room that will be untouched during the renovation. If they’re too large or heavy to store elsewhere, then have them wrapped up and moved to the least destructive corner of the room.
Stay Somewhere Else
Trying to live your life while in the middle of a construction zone will make things difficult not only for you and your family but for the contractors as well. For extensive home renovations that take of a majority of your property, especially if you’re having the kitchen redone, will have you tripping over tools and limiting the available space your contractors have to get everything done more quickly. If it’s possible to stay with friends, family or in a hotel for the duration of the renovation, that will eliminate a large chunk of the stress this project may be causing you.
Decide on Things Before Starting the Project
One of the best ways to make a kitchen or basement renovation go smoothly from start to finish is to decide on the layout, materials and finishes before the renovation even begins. This will allow your contractors to work quickly and more efficiently, as they don’t have to stop working to discuss choices or wait for you to make a decision. Ordering appliances and fixtures can happen early on, meaning they’ll arrive sooner and prevent your contractors from waiting around for days doing nothing because deliveries haven’t arrived yet.
Have an Emergency Fund
You never know what’s going to happen during a home renovation, especially an extensive one. If you’re only replacing the flooring or a few fixtures in your bathroom, you won’t have to worry about setting thousands of dollars aside. However, for much bigger remodelling jobs, make sure you put aside an additional 20% of what you’re spending on the renovation to cover any unforeseen repairs.
With over 30 years of construction experience, Alex Chong Building is a full service contracting firm located in London, Ontario. Providing construction services that include bathrooms renovations, kitchen renovations, basement renovations and more, call us today to get started on your home renovation!