I think it’s true for most homeowners that they always have a long list of home improvements that they’d like to do within their homes. Unfortunately, it can be a lot harder to actually get around to get the work done. Life is busy and it can be difficult to find any extra time on top of parenting, working, running a household, keeping healthy, seeing friends and family, and fitting in fun and leisure time. As a result, many of us have home improvements planned that we keep putting off. If you’re in that position, read on for five tips to help you finally sort those jobs that you’ve been putting off and get those necessary home improvements done once and for all:
When you move into a “fixer-upper” and the decor is not to your taste, it can be disheartening to keep your home clean and tidy. However, by keeping your house clean and tidy it will mean your home is always ready for quick blitzes of DIY whenever you find spare time. It also means your home is always ready for you to invite workmen in, which will help you keep your home in good repair. Otherwise, deep cleaning before a project increases the overall finishing time.
2. Get the Timing Right
So often we put off the big jobs, such as new bathrooms or kitchens and extensions because we worry about how we’ll continue with the normal flow of life while our home is in chaos. If you plan well and get the timing right the building work doesn’t have to inconvenience you at all. Families often find it easier to have a new bathroom or kitchen installed during the summer holidays when they can get away with a few days of no showers, clothes washing, or home-cooked meals. Perhaps you could even camp in the garden while dusty building work is going on. Getting the timing right will help your home improvements go a lot more smoothly.
3. Get the Builders In
Many homeowners find it difficult to delegate others to get the home maintenance done in their homes. Perhaps you’re very practical and know you can do the work but you never actually get around to doing it due to your own work commitments. If this sounds like you, you need to stop dreaming of doing it all yourself and call the builders in. Yes, you will need to budget for labour on top of the cost of materials. However, think of the money you’re not losing by taking time off your own work. Finally getting the home improvements done and getting closer to your dream home is priceless and worth it in the long run.
4. Clear Space (Use Self Storage)
In a new empty home, with the benefit of space, it’s a lot easier and quicker to build and decorate. When you’ve been living in a garage-less cramped family home for a long time it becomes more difficult to keep up with the redecorating and home repairs. A common dilemma could be, for example, you’d love to get into the Box Bedroom to replace the flooring and refresh the paintwork but the room is too small to move the furniture to one side or to the centre of the room and there are no spare rooms in the home to store the furniture.
You really need to clear some major space in the home. It’s worthwhile for homeowners to make use of self-storage even when they’re not planning to move home. Now Storage self storage in Reading is ideal for a long or short-term lease so you can clear a room and use this as your decorating space to store your tools and materials or to store the furniture that lives in the room you’re currently decorating.
5. Move Out
Moving out of your home may sound drastic but if that’s what it will take to get your essential home improvements done then you need to consider it. For home improvements that take less than a fortnight, perhaps you could stay with family or book local accommodation to have a mini holiday while the work gets done. By staying local you’re still close enough to keep an eye on the workmanship but you can also get away from the stress, chaos, and dust. Where a whole house needs gutting or you’re planning a remodel, it can be a good idea to take out a short lease on a rental property.
Keeping up with home maintenance and remodeling your home is not easy. But if you’ve been putting it off due to lack of time or space these tips could help you. If budget constraints are holding you back, take a look at our making money articles for tips on how to make and save money. Keep a photo diary of before and after home improvements so you have visual proof that you are getting somewhere. Keep visualizing what your home will look like when it’s finished. Of course, our homes will always need maintaining but once you’ve got the major building works out of the way, as long as you keep up with general maintenance, you can enjoy your beautifully decorated home for a long time.
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