Renovation is one of the most frustrating things in the world. It involves a lot of heavy lifting, tension between you and anyone else you're moving with and a lot of decisions made right on the spot that you didn't think of. It is a tiring, hot, heavy annoying piece of work if you try to do it on your own, and even if you're only doing some of the job yourself there is still a lot of blood sweat and tears to be thrown into the situation. Here are three simple steps toward limiting the trouble and tension.
Make a Plan
Step one in situations like this one is the need to know what you're doing, and to know it in minute detail. The fewer decisions you need to make throughout the process the less trouble you'll end up in later. Set yourself a simple budget that is just a little higher than it otherwise would have been. Arrange the events in the right order and account for a couple of days extra. The more details you nail down the better so be sure to get very specific. It might also be a good idea to sit down with anyone you're planning to do the renovation with and get the arguments out of the way early.
Clear the Space
Get everything you aren't actively renovating out of the area. Anything you have that isn't being worked on needs to be brought away, put into storage or thrown out. Renovation can be a good excuse to get rid of some of the stuff you don't need any more. So take your furniture, send it away, take the junk and throw it out. This will allow you to do whatever you like with less room for arguments and trouble. Visit Fort Knox Storage for a list of short term storage options in your local area. The less you have to get in the way or stumble over the easier the job will be.
Take it in Stages
A big job is made up of smaller jobs and renovation is no different. Stick to the plan in small, simple, easy steps. Break it down room by room, item by item and stage by stage and handle each part individually. This approach might take a little longer but it will end up a lot less frustrating than trying to do everything at once, might cost you a lot less as well. Do everything in simple manageable stages and the job will be over before you know it.
If you have a good plan, no distractions and the cool head to take things in simple individual stages then renovation can be almost easy. Trouble only arises when a renovator doesn't think out the deal, or simply tries to do everything all at once. Keeping the slow and steady pace will get it done.
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