This is the time of year when most homeowners begin thinking about all those renovation projects they’ve been putting off. It usually happens early in the year when we start looking back at all the things that we set out to accomplish but somehow never got to the previous year. It’s a time when we are tired of being closed in during the long winter months and are almost dreading spring cleaning. This year, it’s time to combine spring cleaning with that new kitchen you’ve been dreaming of but to make your task easier, why not combine the two? There are easy ways to protect your home to prevent difficult clean-ups while installing that new counter or painting the walls a cheery white. Here are some of those ways you can protect your home during a renovation project.
Move Whatever You Can Out of the Way
Just because you are renovating a kitchen, for example, doesn’t mean you will be buying all new appliances. It pays to move them as far out of the way as possible during the time of renovation. Furniture in any room being remodeled or renovated should be moved into other rooms, if possible, but at least move everything to an area that isn’t likely to get covered in sawdust or paint.
Cover Whatever You Can’t Move
Do you know just how many people don’t take the time to buy a sufficient number of dropcloths when undergoing a home renovation project? The sad truth is that this is something many homeowners fail to do. Not only will you need to protect furniture and appliances, but you will also need to protect that hardwood floor you just had resurfaced last year or the lovely brick fireplace in the living room that would be a pain to get paint spatters off if left uncovered.
Turn Off Electricity If Necessary
This is an especially important step in protecting your home if you will be replacing wall or ceiling panels. Don’t forget to cut power to rooms where you are likely to run into electrical wiring because one cut into a wire can cause you serious injury due to electrical shock. Cutting or nicking a wire can also cause a short that could spark an electrical fire, so even if you aren’t working on any electrical fixture, if there is a danger of cutting a wire, make sure there is no power going to that room.
When it comes to a home renovation project, it pays to protect anything that isn’t being worked on. From those hardwood floors to the appliances which would cost a small fortune to replace or repair, why add expenses you don’t need when you could prevent destruction or damage before commencing work? This is your home and you do want to bring it up to date or accomplish a whole new look. However, always protect any items or fixtures not being worked on so that when the job is done, everything can be set right again and you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.