Home Renovation Essentials - Top 3 Hacks

16 March 2017

Whether you choose to get the work done yourself or hire a contractor, the renovation process is bound to affect your life and interfere with your daily routines. To minimize stress, you need to plan carefully and prepare thoroughly for your home makeover. Deciding on your budget, doing your research, and organizing the entire space will save your home (and your mind) from turning into complete chaos. Here are 3 top tips that will secure you a successful and stress-free home renovation.

1.     Plan ahead

Establish a budget

Before you start with your project, you need to make sure that you have the necessary financial means to support it. People often take this for granted and assume that everything will work out along the way, but if you don’t take care of it in the beginning, chances are you won’t get the desired makeover of your home. Consult your friends who did a similar renovation, compare costs, and do all the necessary calculations before you start.

Get a detailed contract

Secure a detailed contract with your contractor before the renovation begins to get the clear idea of what comes ahead. Specify the date of the beginning and the end of works as well as all the details that come in between. This will prevent any unwanted outcomes or holdups. Also, keep in touch with the contractor during the renovation process to make sure that everything is going according to plan.

2.     Organize your space

Create a temporary space for daily tasks

It’s a good idea to set up a temporary space where you can continue with your everyday chores. If you’re kitchen is being renovated, choose a corner of your house to set up a mini-kitchen with an oven and a mini-fridge, for example, or get a portable closet to store your clothes and other necessities while the renovation of your bedroom takes place.

Store and protect your items

Make use of an efficient mobile self storage to secure your belongings during the renovation. You can store everything from your furniture and kitchen appliances to fragile items like china and glass figurines. Also, remember to take down your curtains and cover the floors with tarp to protect them from dust and paint. Take mirrors and pictures off the walls to ensure they don’t get damaged and take any plants that you have outside.

3.     Renovate efficiently

Do your homework

Seek advice from friends who have already renovated and consult the experts. Jot down all your thoughts and ideas together with the information that you’ve gathered. Search the shops and the Internet for inspiration and develop the main idea of how you want your home to look like. However, if you feel like you can’t manage it on your own, consider hiring an interior designer.

Have a decorating file

After the renovation is done, you might want to start decorating. Although you may choose to retain your old furnishings, it’s highly likely that you’ll want some new pieces to keep up with the novel look. To keep it organized and efficient, make a decorating file. Here you can put everything you’ve collected along the way and that you can easily imagine having in your home. This will speed up the decoration process and make it a lot easier.


Giving your home a fresh look is a challenging task, but with proper organization and planning, you’ll get it done quickly and efficiently. Most importantly, you’ll achieve the desired results without losing your nerves. Now that you have everything you need, start creating your dream home. 


Derek Lotts writes about décor, gardening, recycling and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all these fall under self-improvement. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment. He blogs regularly at Smoothdecorator.