A home renovation project might cause significant disruption to your daily routine for a period of time. By knowing how to renovate a house in an organized manner, you can reduce the annoyance and stress associated with the process. In this post, we have compiled some useful home renovation recommendations that can help you keep your remodeling efforts on track and stress-free.

1. Put all of the details of the work down in writing

In the event that you hire third-party contractors, make certain that all contracts are written down formally.  Make copies of these forms, which should cover the complete scope of the task, and place them in a folder. When you have a detailed contract, you will have a better understanding of what will take place and when you should anticipate it to take place, which will help you plan your organizing routine throughout the remodel. A project that is not properly contracted, could quickly get stopped or worse.

2. Will you live in your house while it is being renovated? How?

When it comes to smaller improvements, such as bathroom and kitchen renovations, you will most likely be able to remain in your home without too much difficulty. One of the most effective organizational suggestions for long-term and large-scale tasks may be to stay with relatives or in an extended-stay Airbnb facility. The decision here is based on personal preference and financial constraints.

Determine whether you will be living in or out of your house during the duration of the project after you have an expected start date. Other aspects of your home may require some imagination and repurposing in order to serve a new functional role. For example, this technique can involve converting the basement into a bedroom or the dining room into a temporary kitchen. Make sure you have got this strategy in place before beginning any renovation work. The more you plan ahead of time for your day-to-day activities, the better off you will be.

3. Think about how you will keep your house clean and free of dust and debris

When renovating a house, one of the first things you will learn is how to properly prepare a space. Make no mistake about the importance of preparation work. While your contractor may intend to prepare the site, you may want to conduct some of the work yourself to reduce your exposure to dust and other allergens throughout the construction process.

Take a look at the following steps:

  • Remove any drapes or other items that may collect dust from the room.
  • Protect the furniture with a tarp to keep it from getting damaged.
  • Take away anything that is fragile or pricey.
  • Remove all of the superfluous objects from your home.
  • Keep your things in a storage box that is easy to reach.
  • Remove all of your items from cabinets and closets.

4. Store as much as possible elsewhere during the works

In most circumstances, even a minor home renovation has the potential to spread across the entire property. Store personal belongings such as picture frames, home decor, and other valuables in a separate location from the rest of the housekeeping. By storing these goods in a different location, you can reduce dust exposure and any damage to them.

Consider renting a storage container to keep your valuable possessions out of harm’s way while you are away. Make sure to identify the boxes and keep a running inventory of your storage facility so that you can keep track of where everything is at all times during the home remodeling project.

5.  Keep all the invoices and receipts in case you change your mind

After all, even if you are 99 percent certain that you would enjoy those new shelves for your dining room, they may end up looking tacky after their installation. Keep receipts for everything that has to do with your renovation, not just the obvious things like screws that do not fit, but also anything that a store would accept as a return, just in case something goes wrong. Even if you do not return anything, those receipts will come in handy when it comes time to file your taxes.

6. Make a plan for how you will decorate ahead of time.

You may be familiar with the process of renovating a home; however, are you familiar with the process of decorating a home? After refurbishing your area, you will want to personalize it by decorating it and making it your own. You may want to reuse part of your existing décor. But, it is likely that you will want your furnishings to coordinate with the newly renovated sections as well.

Create a decorating board on Pinterest, or looking things like Staunton & Henry’s article while working on the house restoration project. Make a list of any design inspiration you have and incorporate it into the project file. This approach will serve as inspiration for you throughout the project. This is the case,  especially when things appear to be getting worse before they begin to improve.

7. Embrace the chaos

Even if you are a champion cleaner, when you are in the midst of a home renovation project, you have a significant amount of dust. Either you get upset with your contractor and pretend the dust does not exist or you make preparations to frequently clean in and around your living area. Whatever the case, there will be dust.

Find a healthy balance that is beneficial to both your physical and emotional well-being. It is possible to reduce the dust to some extent if the above precautions are followed. However,  it is crucial to have realistic expectations while doing a home remodeling.

If you suffer from severe dust allergies or simply cannot take the sight of dust, you may want to consider finding other living arrangements during the intense demolition and sanding work.


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