Deciding to renovate your home is a huge step. It requires massive investment, it completely changes the value of your property, and it might even revolutionize the living conditions in the house.
One of the biggest problems with the way in which this is portrayed lies in the fact that the majority of guides focus on the preparation stage or even the project itself. Thus, they completely ignore what comes after. In reality, the post-renovation stage may be just as important for the success of this story.
With that in mind and without further ado, here are the top six tips to follow after renovating your home.
1. CLEAN IT UP
While the crew that performed the work is supposed to keep the place clean as they leave, even a single leftover nail can be quite dangerous. So, do the inspection yourself. Be thorough and even make a checklist. Now, one neat trick is to take a look at your checklist prior to the project. Then, try to figure out the types of waste/debris that can be caused by each of these projects. This will make your inspection more systemic and its results more consistent.
2. CHANGE THE KEY
Now, chances are that various craftsmen will have your house keys so that they can perform work when you are away. If that is the case, it would be safest to just replace the lock after the project is done. Now, don’t get us wrong, we’re not suggesting that any of the people performing these renovations are malicious. According to a veteran mobile locksmith, it’s best to just replace the lock, get new keys, and be done with it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
3. RENEGOTIATE YOUR INSURANCE
After a renovation, the total value of your home will increase drastically. So, you might want to revisit your insurance policy and renegotiate it. Now, depending on the type and the scope of the project, chances are that you’ll have to wait for a city assessor. If that’s the case, make sure that you submit the request as soon as possible. Keep in mind, nonetheless, that when minor updates are in question, this doesn’t have to be the case.
4. SET UP/CHECK UTILITIES AND THE INTERNET
The next thing you need to understand is the importance of setting up your utilities and internet, in a scenario where they were temporarily turned off or put on hold. If cables go through walls and you did some work on the walls, you might have to change a thing or two. Moreover, it’s important to stress that while renovating an old home, this is an ideal chance to add more sockets. Extension cords (no matter how many sockets they have) are not quite the same. This means that you can also, finally, rearrange your appliances.
5. FIGURE OUT THE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Just because the place finally looks new doesn’t mean that things will remain this way indefinitely. The effects of your renovation will greatly depend on your maintenance schedule and now is the time to establish it. Also, remember that this is something that everyone will have to participate in. So, call a family/housemate meeting and discuss the situation. Everyone should have a say and everyone should take part in the subsequent maintenance. Getting a maintenance schedule app might also help get everyone on board.
6. GET THE CAMERA ROLLING
Naturally, you’ll want to commemorate this gargantuan project, which is why you should get the camera rolling. With some basic editing skills and decent video editing software, you can really achieve quite a bit. It’s an interesting thought that is definitely worth your time and attention. Also, don’t forget to take before and after photos for the renovation. Other than being a nice touch, they also contribute to the overall experience of the project.
The last thing you need to keep in mind is the importance of being systemic and taking these things as gradually as they go. Your main objective is to wrap things up and make your reintegration into this household as pleasant and smooth as possible. Naturally, this won’t come easy but as long as you stick to the plan it shouldn’t be too big of a problem either.
Guest Contributor: Tim Tylor