How do I Prepare my Home for Renovation?

Before and after an indoor home renovation

It is time to turn your house into a home! Renovation projects are exciting yet intricate endeavors that demand meticulous planning and thoughtful execution. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll navigate through the nuances of renovating each room, offering pre-renovation tips for a seamless process that minimizes disruptions. 

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Pre-Renovation Planning Tips

Before diving into the transformation of individual rooms, begin by outlining your project goals, identifying the scope of work for each room, and establishing a realistic budget. This initial planning phase forms the bedrock of your entire renovation journey, providing a clear roadmap and helping you stay focused on your objectives.

Setting the Scene

As you gear up for the renovation journey, thoroughly inspect your home to identify any pre-existing issues that need attention. Make a checklist of materials, fixtures, and finishes, ensuring you have a complete understanding of the supplies required for each room. 

Nobody wants to be disturbed while they work, but that’s not the only reason you should establish a designated renovation zone to confine the work and contain dust and noise. With a clear work area, you can avoid a running puppy ruining your paint or any potential accidents by friends or family, especially if you are working with sharp tools or chemicals.

If possible, plan the renovation when the household is less active, allowing for a smoother process. Communicate with your contractor to establish a timeline that aligns with your daily routines.

Making a Renovation Schedule

A client and contractor shaking hands while working

A schedule helps everyone in your home live with the renovation while work is in progress. Develop a detailed project schedule by breaking down tasks for each room. Create milestones to track your progress, and communicate them with your contractor so everyone is on the same page. 

Crucially, schedules make it easy to factor in contingency time for unexpected delays, so give yourself a buffer that keeps your project on track, even in the face of unforeseen obstacles. More importantly, they help you ensure your family knows when loud or disruptive renovation will occur. 

Room-by-Room Renovation Ideas

With the groundwork laid in renovation preparation, let’s explore each room and discuss the best ways to approach your home improvement projects.

The Bathroom

The bathroom is a highly utilized area of your home that can be optimized for comfort and function. Upgrade fixtures to energy-efficient models, install stylish yet functional storage solutions, and consider introducing modern tiling for a fresh aesthetic. Bring in some natural lighting by incorporating large windows or skylights, creating a bright and airy ambiance. Remember, a well-executed bathroom renovation enhances functionality and elevates your daily rituals.

The Kitchen

A kitchen renovation can make a tangible improvement on every meal you cook. You can start by investing in a quality cutting board, but you can replace your entire countertop to ensure your cooking space is durable and easy to clean. 

Storage space is the name of the game in a well-designed kitchen, so make sure you have plenty of cabinets and racks for pans and utensils. If you replace the shelves, use the opportunity to personalize the space with a color scheme or theme. A comfortable cooking environment may just be your new secret ingredient. 

The Basement

You can use your basement as a universal space for entertainment, work, or storage Whether you are creating a home office, downstairs pantry, or guest suite, proper planning is vital. Consider installing moisture-resistant flooring, ample lighting, and soundproofing for a versatile and comfortable space. Use space to your advantage and maximize storage with built-in shelving or cabinets, turning your basement into a functional extension of your home.

The Garage

A garage that has been renovated into a functional living space

Often overlooked, the garage constitutes a large portion of most homes. So, let’s use that space! Optimize storage with wall-mounted racks and shelving or efficient organization. Upgrade flooring to durable and easy-to-clean options, allowing you to turn the garage into a pristine and functional extension of your home. If you want to make the area cozy, try adding insulation for temperature control for year-round use.

Have the Space You Need While You Work

There are plenty of places in your home renovation process where a self storage unit can help you get the job done. Protecting your belongings while you work is paramount. Move your furniture out of your home so it remains protected while your workspace is open and ready for use. Our short-term month-to-month leases give you the flexibility to store on your schedule. For larger jobs, you can keep your tools and equipment in a unit off-site for easy access when you need them and secure storage while you are away. 
Enjoy creating your new home, and trust Freedom Storage to be with you every step of the way. Contact us or explore our website to find your residential space today.

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