A renovation is a big undertaking, even when only a few things in the room are being upgraded. Tackling a DIY project yourself can be stressful and come with a lot of hiccups. Even if professionals are handling the heavy tasks, there is still a lot to plan, organize, and buy. The following tips will help things go more smoothly leading up to and during the big few days.
Proper planning and organization– An obvious first step, but it can be overlooked, especially if a job seems relatively straightforward. Go beyond the rough sketches and create full shopping lists of your needs; track all of the associated costs with a full, detailed budget; plan a schedule for when each task is to be completed and who is looking after it, and make adjustments along the way. If something changes, be sure to change your plans, too. Communicate and share these plans with others.
Collaborate wisely – If this is a shared family or friend effort, communicate better with shared tools on the cloud. Give everyone access to the plans, budget, task list, shopping list, etc. with a shared Google Doc that everyone can make changes to an update. You can spend your time working together more effectively when everyone is on the same page, and there’s no need to waste time asking questions that can be answered by looking at the notes.
Call in the experts – DIY is a great spirit to have but if you’ve never done a tricky job before, sometimes it’s best to call in professionals to handle it. It’ll not only save you a large headache but having the job done right in the first place will prevent emergencies and continued maintenance down the road. For a bathroom or kitchen reno, for example, having reliable pros like The Super Plumber who have guaranteed on-time services, up-front rates, incredibly wide 365 days-a-year availability, and a stellar reputation provides so much more beyond simply getting the job done right.
Do what you can – If you’re having experts handle the most vital and primary task, there is a still a lot that you can do yourself to help save money. Experts may be handling the actual installation of your shower and toilet, but you can still look after the measuring, browsing, purchasing decisions, ordering, arranging delivery, and clean-up after the installation is done. Reduce the time the professionals are needed by taking care of as many of the easier but time-consuming tasks as possible.
Know about potential hazards and mistakes ahead of time – If you know about common things that go wrong in advance you’ll be able to avoid them more easily. Check out articles like this one that is relevant to your room and your plans.
Think Ahead – Thinking ahead takes into account your future needs. For example, if water quality is really important to you (as it should be), then make sure you’re addressing that during the renovation, not after. For example, during a reno, it’s really easy to create a little extra space add a high-quality UV water filter to your plumbing system. After the walls are boarded up, it’s a very different story.
Don’t cut corners – Similar to the DIY temptation, cutting corners to save on money is a big mistake. There needs to be a base level of quality met to ensure safety and to prevent problems in the future. You can cut your costs down by reducing frills and characteristics that are unnecessarily luxurious – not that cut back on the proper functioning and/or safety features. Meanings, skip the gold-plated toilet but be sure to buy one with enough pressure to flush properly.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help – You might be used to taking care of fixing things in the home, but some jobs just aren’t meant for one person. Don’t risk injury or even just taking three times as long to do something when it can be done quicker and safer with one or two friends or family members. And call in professionals when necessary for a big relief.