Remodeling a room in your home can be a fun and exciting time. Although, like with any major undertaking, there are bound to be moments of stress. Most homeowners will eventually have to take on the task of some sort of renovation or remodeling, whether it’s to spruce up a bland room or it’s to fix up an older portion of the house before selling the place.
In fact, the number of households opting to move forward with a home renovation is on the uptick. After the Great Recession made many families tighten their belts and delay any remodeling plans, the recent positive trend in the economy has put some more money in people’s pockets, allowing them to invest in home improvement projects. According to the latest data from the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity, dollars spent on home improvement and repairs are expected to grow 8 percent by the beginning of 2017, up nearly double its historical average of 4.9 percent. Analysts predict that by the middle of next year, annual spending for the national remodeling market is expected to be fully recovered from the previous peak set in 2006.
After you have finally saved up some extra cash and went through all the various options for remodeling your home, here are some tips for what to do with all your stuff during the renovation:
“Renovations can leave a layer of dirt on your belongings.”
Protect it from dust
No matter how small a remodeling project is, there will ultimately be dust or even larger particulates that will accumulate. If you don’t take the necessary precautions, all the construction can leave behind a layer of dirt and grime on all of your belongings.
According to Houzz, for any open doorways or hallways leading into the room being remodeled, consider using either a compression-fit temporary wall or some other type of tarp to separate the two areas. This keeps all the work confined to one room, which you’ve hopefully already emptied out.
Expect the unexpected
Some kitchens haven’t been remodeled in half a century. A bathroom may be in the exact same condition it was in 20 years ago. It’s possible that remodeling a room uncovers an unexpected twist you didn’t anticipate. Whether it’s faulty wiring, corroded pipes or any number of unanticipated problems that may arise when you strip away the drywall or rip up the floor, not having a plan in place beforehand can put the entire project on hiatus.
Keeping a little extra money in the remodeling budget for dealing with any sort of surprises can be a wise move. Otherwise, you might find yourself halfway through a renovation and realize you can’t continue until the problem is fixed. On the bright side, if nothing goes wrong, you can use the additional cash to celebrate the finished project.
Don’t forget to use a storage unit
Even for homeowners with room to spare, storing excess furniture, appliances or other odds and ends in other areas of the house during a renovation can make the whole place feel cramped. Individuals living in a condominium have even less space to work with. In addition, any contractors involved in the project might need some extra room to set up their tools and equipment, which can further restrict the area to move around.
Instead of navigating through a maze of clutter in your home, use a self-storage unit to hold all your stuff during a remodeling project. Contact SecurCare Self Storage today and learn more about how a storage unit can protect your belongings and free up space during a home renovation.