Remodeling can be a lot of fun, gathering ideas and dreaming about what your new kitchen/bathroom/living room will look like. Before you brush off your sledgehammer for that first swing, take inventory of your resources and time. You don’t want to be renovating that one room for the rest of the year!
Only Take on One Room at a Time
It’s tempting to imagine ripping out that ugly sink and installing a new one the next day, but this is usually not the case. Confining your construction to one room at a time will help you stay focused and allow you to continue your usual routine with minimal interruptions.
Clean as You Go
Tearing out drywall, replacing insulation and hanging new fixtures can create a huge amount of dust and dirt! Before you start, remove as much furniture as possible. Cover anything still in the room with heavy plastic sheeting and close off entryways. The more you can contain the dust, the better. Clean at the end of every day as best as possible, and put your tools where they belong so you know where to find them the next day.
Wear safety goggles and a breathing mask when doing any type of remodeling. Remember, you’ll need to breathe and see beyond your remodel completion, so be sure to take precautionary measures to protect yourself while you work. You can buy breathing filters by the box. Safety glasses are cheap and last a lot longer than your lungs or eyes will if you fill them with debris.
Rent Tools Over the Weekend
When it’s time to tackle projects requiring specialized tools, you may be able to enjoy a free day of rented equipment by choosing to rent items over the weekend. Most traditional hardware stores are closed on Sundays, and as a result do not charge for tools rented out on that day. Return the tools first thing Monday morning, and pat yourself on the back for all the cash you saved. Just be sure to stock up on nails, bits or any other resources you’ll use up over the weekend. You can usually return what’s left over, but you can’t use what you don’t have!
Know When to Throw in the Towel
Sometimes you need help, and that’s okay! Yes, those DIY televisions shows make everything look so easy, but it’s safer to bring in a professional rather than hurt your home or yourself. If you find yourself in over your head, hire a good contractor.