It isn’t unusual for most families to tackle home renovations one room at a time to minimize inconvenience and spread out the costs. However, there are some wonderful reasons for jumping in with both feet. Whole-house renovations let you take advantage of today’s costs rather than the inflated ones down the road, for example. They also give you the immediate enjoyment of your renovated home instead of trying to prioritize each project. If you decide to go this route, here are some tips that can help you survive whole-house renovations.
- On Time / On Budget Renovation Company – When choosing your renovation company, look at their track record for accurately estimating the cost and time needed for your whole-house renovations. This will make it easier to plan and get your finances in order.
- Moving Company with Secure Storage – The best way to keep your belongings unscathed during whole-house renovations is to have them moved out of the house. Place what you can fit into the garage if it is not going to be renovated and work with a moving company who provides secure storage and will return your items when ready. Be sure to discuss with the renovation company what steps they’ll be taking to safeguard those items you choose to leave in the home.
- Arrange for Temporary Housing – Many families who proceed with whole-house renovations choose this time for an extended vacation or to visit with family members. Staying in a hotel can get pricey if it will be several weeks but can be an option if your budget allows it. Short-term vacation rentals are another idea, as well as renting an RV or a cottage at a campground. Don’t forget to consider where your pets, if any, will be allowed and welcomed.
- Keep Communication Lines Open – You will feel far less anxious if your contractor reports back to you regularly. Be sure to ask when it is convenient to check things out in person, too, but take care not to hover as you could slow things down.
- Plan Meals Before Starting Day – Ideally you want to consume most, if not all, of the food in your home before putting the contractor in charge of your whole-house renovations. That way you won’t lose food in the refrigerator or freezer if the power needs to be turned off during the renovations. Make sure you also think through how you will manage meals while away from home if you won’t have access to a regular kitchen.
If you would like more tips about whole-house renovations or to get started with a consultation to discuss what you have in mind, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Redwood Homes Inc. As custom home builders, we have the expertise you need to make certain your projects go smoothly and that your renovations are done on time and on budget. Call today to learn more.