Preparing for a full home renovation can be incredibly daunting, especially if you plan to organize it yourself. Anyone who has done even the smallest renovations will tell you they can become a major stressor in your life. A bunch of people you barely know come into your home and turn it, what feels like, upside down. Follow these pre-renovation tips to ensure your flooring or any renovation goes smoothly and efficiently.
Wall Décor & Special Items
Before your flooring renovation work begins all décor items and pictures should be removed from tables, furniture and walls. Safely pack away or move it into an unrenovated room until everything is complete. This will ensure it is not accidentally damaged or become dirty from dust. (Yes, there will be dust) Also you will save yourself a lot of time on cleaning up all those items and may find the time to declutter or redecorate your new space!
Clear the Floor
It seems simple enough until you run out of places to put things! If you have a lot of furniture and are planning on redoing all your flooring it may be helpful to rent a storage or clear space in the garage. Speak with your flooring contractor about a plan for furniture shuffling if neither of these are an option. Also take this time to declutter your furniture or perhaps change your paint colour as well.
Prepare for Dust
Did someone say dust? Yes, there will be dust. No matter what type of flooring you choose to have installed there will be dust associated but it will go away. Dust travels, on clothes, on material, on shoes and in the air. Along with removing décor items cover furniture with bed sheets to ensure a quick clean up. If you have central air, consider turning the fan off for the renovation days or block/closing the vents in the rooms being worked on. You can also set up plastic sheeting between doors to minimize dust travel between rooms as well. If you are having your renovation done during rain season you may need to provide a covered area outside for cutting purposes, we try to limit inside cutting unless it is Vinyl Plank.
Plan Waste Removal
Some municipalities do not accept renovation waste, you will need to call in a disposal company or bin rental that deals with construction waste. Ask us about bin rentals for your flooring project or let us do the removal of your old flooring and we will dispose of it for you. If you are unsure of what to do with the waste refer to your estimate to see if it is covered or contact your flooring contractor to inquire about their procedure with waste and who is responsible for what.
Budget for Emergencies
We always suggest having a small portion of your overall budget held for emergencies or hiccups. Whether it is unexpected levelling or a surprise leak under the toilet, don’t get caught with a maxed budget and a necessary fix to continue your project.
Co-ordinating multiple contractors for a home reno can be overwhelming. Try to be flexible with your scheduling and give each trade plenty of time to complete, with extra time allotted after to fix any deficiencies or wait on material back orders. This saves you the hassle of pushing back all your other contractors and possibly incurring charges for rescheduling.
Have a retouch up plan in place with your painting contractor to finish baseboard painting and touch ups and stair walls or scuffs.
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