There are so many reasons you might consider buying a home and moving – location, you’ve outgrown it, or maybe you really dislike your neighbor’s seven cats. Another common reason for moving is personal style – or the lack of it. Is your home just looking tired and shabby? Think about what it could be transformed into with the money you would save by not moving. Maybe a good remodel would be enough to make you fall in love with your home all over again. Here are some ways to make that process easier.
Plan AheadMost successful remodeling jobs owe thanks to one major step, and that is planning. You can certainly approach it from the one-thing-at-a-time point of view, but you will have less confusion or uncertainty and more satisfaction by planning each element in advance to ensure a cohesive design. Consider the paint colors – walls, trim and ceiling; drawer pulls, etc., flooring – hardwood, laminate, tile, carpet, vinyl, etc.; doors, windows or closet doors; other surfaces such as backsplashes, sinks and showers; even light fixtures and doorknobs should be chosen to coordinate and complement each other.
Clear OutWorking around furniture and other belongings can make a remodel more difficult, take longer and add to the stress. Even if you have to do it one room at a time, empty the room of its contents. If you need more space you can easily rent one of the mobile storage containers Homestead moving companies offer. They are large enough to hold a couple rooms or more of furniture, and can be kept indefinitely while remodeling is going on. If you are able to move enough belongings out it can make a big difference, as you can then focus on doing one task, such as painting, throughout the whole area instead of in sections.
Easy Does itNow that you have a plan and have cleared out the home or the area to be remodeled, the real work begins. Plan it out with mini-deadlines - don’t try to bite off more than you can chew at one time. Allot each phase a reasonable amount of time for completion. Don’t try to tackle the flooring and painting at the same time, for instance, as that can create chaos and disorder, and may also cause delays.
As the project progresses, you will see that all of the planning and patient execution of your remodel yields greater success in the end. It’s a win-win for you with a custom finish that will let you enjoy your current residence and neighborhood. (It may no help you with the cats, however.)