Tips for Surviving a Summer Home Renovation

Longer days and warmer, summer weather are two factors homeowners must consider if they’re looking to make renovations any time soon. Such a significant undertaking requires a lot of planning. After all, a home renovation is no small matter. In fact, a house’s occupants must be welcome the prospect of their daily routine getting thrown completely out of whack. However, we’ve got some great tips on how to beat the commotion that comes with summer home renovations:

Deciding What Will Stay and What Will Go

Summer home renovations go a lot smoother if the decisions made well in advance. Indecision, in this case, will breed procrastination, and could stall the renovation for months. Reducing clutter will aid the speed and efficiency of the process. So, it’s key to ensure you know what gets stored and what gets disposed of in good time.

Making Sufficient Space for the Builder’s Logistics

The contractor responsible for your home renovation has a lot of material and personnel to bring into your home. At any point in time, a large truck may need to drop off bricks, cement, workmen – and offloading space must be available immediately. Thus, moving your personal vehicles will be necessary. Especially if you parked them in front of your home. so that the parking is available for your builder’s more easy access.

Preparing the Rooms Adjoined to the Area Undergoing Renovated

Areas undergoing renovation might have adjacent rooms. If so, we recommend prepping them well before the proceedings. Light fixtures and objects hanging from the wall are at risk due to hammering or drill vibrations. To avoid unwarranted damage, remove any clutter on the walls of you adjoining rooms. You won’t want to come out of pocket to replace your prized valuables.

Don’t Let the Dust Spread

If you are going to survive your summer home renovation, the spread of dust and grime all over your house must be halted. Though most home renovators have measures to reduce the range of dust in the areas they’re working in, the mandate to reduce the migration of sand to other rooms in the home is on the owner. To make this happen, do the following:

  • Keep all interior doors closed
  • Seal off any open doorways with plastic sheeting and painter’s tape
  • Use plastic sheeting with runners that stick to carpets for the protection of stairs
  • Wrap cheesecloth around the vents and registers
  • Replace the HVAC filters during and after the home renovation

Make Use of an Alternate Entrance

The best scenario for surviving a summer home renovation definitely does not involve EVERYONE moving in and out through the same door. This will result in pandemonium, as workers try to maneuver through the same entryway carrying cumbersome building materials.

During renovations, movement must be seamless with minimal interruptions. The best option would be to let the contractors use a garage entrance while your family uses the back door. Clearing entryways and corridors are also being safety conscious as the electrical and water mains panels or cut-off must be readily accessible.