How to Prepare Your Home for Renovations

Renovating your home is a really good way to create the space you want without the expense and hassle of a move. Lots of people choose to renovate in order to bring their homes up to date but you might also want to restructure or change the layout of your home to make it suit your needs.

Of course, what we forget while we are browsing interior design magazines and imaging the finished product, is that renovating is still going to cause a lot of mess and discombobulation! You need to prepare yourself for a home renovation in the same way that you would prepare for a seamless move: decide what you really need to keep, move your things out of the way and get organized.

What Do You Really Need?
If you want to keep renovation costs down, you should certainly make sure that you keep as much of your current furniture as possible. However, if you are going the whole hog, you might prefer to sell some of your things online or donate to charity.

It’s fair to say that most people have way more clutter than they really need and if you’re about the renovate your home, now is a very good time to get rid of the stuff that’s weighing you down. While a declutter formula might help, really, all you need to think about is which things complement and improve your lifestyle and which things are surplus. Get rid of the surplus and your home will already feel calmer.

Moving Your Stuff
If you are renovating your whole house all at once, you should definitely move your things into storage and a trusted furniture removalist will really come in handy for that. Much like moving house, you should pack your things up over a few weeks, starting with the things you use with the least frequency. Large items should be moved last.

Of course, if you are renovating one room or area at a time, you might get away with combining a couple of rooms to make space. Just like moving house, packing up boxes and labeling them properly is the best and easiest way to keep track of your possessions.

Getting Organized
If you’re planning to stay at home during the renovations, you need to make sure that this is a feasible option. Builders often turn off the electricity and water when they work so if you are going to be in all day, this could cause problems. Similarly, if you are having a vital room like the kitchen or the bathroom redone, you might have to be a bit more creative about what you eat and your daily wash.

Moving out temporarily is usually a good idea, especially if you have kids who won’t be impressed by a building site! However, moving out could be more expensive than you think. Instead of looking at a hotel or holiday rental, do consider a short term let or grit your teeth and move in with family!

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