5 SIMPLE IDEAS THAT CAN SPEED UP YOUR HOME RENOVATION
Home renovations have a reputation for being long and drawn out affairs. It’s no surprise – there are many safety concerns that can put the brakes on completion, for example. However, there is plenty you can do to make sure that your project gets finished as quickly and painlessly as possible. So, no matter whether you are doing some DIY or hiring professional, these tips should help.
Every stage of a renovation should involve preparation. That means making plans well in advance and even preparing a work area for every job, no matter how little it is. Make sure you have the materials ready for the start date – and some left over just in case of accidents. At the end of every day’s work, make a list of everything you will need the following day. If you have to make a trip to the home improvement store, it’s best to go first thing – most open at a very early hour to accommodate tradespeople.
Get the right people in
If you are hiring a firm of builders or renovators, make sure you do plenty of research. A good, reputable company will be happy to give you details of their previous work, (www.french-patiodoors.co.uk), and you can even ask to speak to one of their former customers. Don’t turn up unannounced – the builders could get into trouble for giving away personal information – but ask them to contact you via the firm you are interviewing. Past customers will be able to give you an accurate guide to the quality of work and the speed in which it was finished.
Whether you are doing DIY or hiring a local company, there’s a lot of time to be saved if you cut down on the amount of mess you make. For DIY jobs, make sure everything is covered and clear so that you don’t have to spend hours of your life removing paint stains or vacuuming dust from your carpets. There will always be accidents, of course, but limiting that mess is vital if you want to save time. Also, think about waste removal.
You and your building team will save a lot of time if you hire a skip to sit outside your home. They are relatively inexpensive, and, they can save you a lot of trips to your local rubbish dump. They will also save you money because the builders won’t have to spend time removing it trip by trip.
Arrange childcare – or move out
Any building work that occurs in your home is going to be of great interest to your children. However, it is of course very dangerous for them to be around heavy tools, so try and find somewhere else for them to be.
In fact, if there is major work going on in your house, it’s a good idea to move out for a while.
That way the builders can just get on with their jobs without any distractions. Also, you can also think about carrying on your renovations well into the night without fear of waking up your family.
With any luck, these tips should help you speed up your home improvement process. Let us know how you got on!