Remodeling and redecorating your home, or a portion of it, is a major project that takes a lot of planning. Catching a vision from design magazines and websites, assigning each room a specific purpose, and visualizing your plans on graph paper or an online design app are only the beginning. You have a lot of work to do. But before you begin, take steps to protect your home, furniture, and possessions so your efforts won’t be counterproductive due to accidental damage to your own property.
Here are 5 key tips to follow in making sure you don’t damage your home while trying to recreate it:
1. Remove Everything From the Room
It’s a simple concept: if it’s not in a room you’re working on at the time, there’s little chance it will get damaged. Of course, this principle assumes you work on only a part of your home at a time. If you are working everywhere simultaneously or you don’t like the idea of moving heavy furniture multiple times, contact a professional contractor like Platinum Furniture Removals to make life easier for you!
Carefully cover in plastic wrap anything you don’t, for whatever reason, remove from the room, especially while painting. Anything else not in use, store in marked boxes so you can unpack and incorporate it into your finished look at the proper time.
2. Fight the Movement of Dust
One of the biggest problems while remodeling is dust coating the windows, stuffing up the air in your workspace, or getting into paint that hasn’t yet dried. There are a number of ways to fight the dust. First, build a temporary wall to seal off a room you’re working on, and cover it with heavy plastic sheeting on one side. Even better if you put insulation between the sheeting and wall around the edges.
Also be sure to wrap windows with plastic wrap and tape. And put a fan in one window of any room you’re working on, and have it blow outwards to keep dust levels down while still allowing for healthy ventilation.
3. Protect the Corners
Accidentally denting a corner is too easy to do, even for experienced remodelers and professionals. But a little cardboard and a roll of painter’s tape can prevent it. Find a box made of thick, heavy duty cardboard, or purchase an old box cheap from an appliance store or elsewhere. Cut strips of about a meter out of the box and bend them in half. Then, fold them over the corners and tape them in place. Use painter’s tape since it won’t damage the paint job when you peel it off later.
4. Cover All Flat Surfaces
Rest assured that any flat surface will collect tools and materials during a remodel job. It’s just too handy not to use! To avoid scratching up your nice counter tops, however, be sure to cover them with cardboard sheets, taped down on the edges so they won’t slide, pop up, of fall off. You don’t want to needlessly redo tiles or ruin an expensive counter – take a few minutes to cover them up and it won’t happen!
5. Consider Tub Protectors
Bath tubs can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to install, and repair jobs aren’t cheap either. During bathroom remodeling, consider using a paint-on tub protector. These protectors are rubbery, paint-like fluids that you can brush onto your tub with ease. Usually, you’ll need two coats for adequate protection. Later, it’s easy to just pull the “rubber” off, piece by piece. It tends to come off in big pieces and doesn’t leave stains. So it’s safe and easy to use and protects your tub surface from scratches.
Taking the time to protect your home during a remodel job, by following these 5 and other tips, will save you frustration, extra expense, and extra work. You’ll be glad you did it!