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Basic Things To Know About House Remodeling

December 17th, 2010

When children leave home, it’s always a transitional time. But you can take advantage of your newly found space and privacy by revamping your home into what you’ve always dreamed about.

The later years in life are a great time to renovate due to an increase in time and cash flow. But, be prepared for disarray. Any kind of home improvement project can be inconvenient, time consuming and costly. Fortunately, we have tips that can make your growing pains a little less painful.

Be prepared for unexpected expense. Set out with a game plan before you start remodeling. However, be flexible enough to deal with the old pipes or faulty wiring. Put extra money aside in case you must replace them. Talk to prospective contractors about possible problem areas.

Use a contractor you trust. Finding a competent contractor takes time and homework. Ask friends and neighbors what contractors they use. When you begin to narrow your choices, ask for references. If a contractor does quality work, he’ll be happy to provide you with as many references as you need. When you’ve decided on a contractor, make sure he understands your home improvement desires and budget. A lack of communication can throw a wrench into a large undertaking.

When renovating, there is a lot of dust flying around your house. To prevent dust reaching other parts of your home you should keep all windows and doors closed, since wind helps spread dust particles. In order to protect your carpets, cover them with rolls of plastic or simply remove them from the room.

Take special care to protect home furnishings and art during the renovation. Taking them to places which are warm or humid (like an attic or basement) is not a good idea because a permanent damage can occur. Protect them by covering them with cardboard first and then by bubble-wrapping them.

Eating at home can be difficult during the renovation so eating out is probably the best alternative. But if the renovation process is long, this can prove quite costly. So in this case, try setting up a small kitchen which is away from the construction.

To make sure all the renovations are proceeding as planned, take time after every work day to thoroughly inspect the work. Make sure you’re satisfied with the construction in progress. It’s easier to make changes in the initial stages, rather than waiting until the project is completed. Don’t settle for anything less than what you want.

Home renovations can be a major undertaking. But if you remember a few simple tips, you can be spared money, worry and hassle. Now is the time to enjoy your new life and your new home.

Stain removal gives many homeowners a headache. Learn how to do this as well as many other home improvement jobs by visiting our how-to website.

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