Having your house transformed from a run-of-the-mill property into a stylish, modern abode can be a hugely satisfying experience. However, the work required to achieve your dream home is often quite messy and disruptive. Here are a few preparatory steps you can take to bring some order to the chaos of a renovation project.
You will probably be a bit shocked at how much waste the construction process generates. As the work progresses, you'll find that piles of plywood, old wallpaper, used sandpaper and plastering crumbs begin to accumulate around your home. One way to handle this is to spend some time each day putting this debris into rubbish bags, packing it into your car and transporting it to a local refuse site.
However, this is both time-consuming and very inconvenient. Renting a skip bin is a much more efficient waste disposal option; it allows you to remove the daily build-up of debris, along with much larger items, such as old appliances and furniture, from the construction site without having to lift heavy goods very far, or travel long distances in your vehicle. For those working with limited funds, don't worry; most skip bin hire companies offer their services at very competitive rate and as such, renting one of these items is unlikely to have a significant impact on your renovation budget.
Protect your household items
Construction work can take its toll on your home. With tradesmen coming and going all day long, and builders drinking tea and having their lunches at various spots around the house, it's all too easy for carpets to get covered in stains, soft furnishings to get torn and fragile items like artwork, crystal and glassware to get knocked over and destroyed.
Whilst some minor scratches and scrapes are inevitable, there are things that can be done to reduce the chances of major damage occurring. For instance, valuable, delicate items that could easily topple over should be removed from their usual positions and put into a safe storage box. Carpeting that is not being replaced as part of the renovation project should be covered in plastic sheeting, to protect it from food, drink and paint spillages. This sheeting can be sealed around the edges using duct tape. To prevent dust from building up on the sofas, armchairs, bookshelves and television, cover these items with thick cotton sheets.
Additionally, have a chat with your building team and let them know if you would prefer them to avoid walking through certain parts of the property; this will reduce the chances of them unintentionally traipsing dirt and debris into areas of your home that are not being renovated.