There are several steps you can take to ensure that your renovation project goes smoothly. Read on to find out what these steps are.
Work from top to bottom
When renovating a particular room, it best to work from top to bottom, as this approach is the one which is least likely to result in unexpected problems or delays.
For example, if you need to replace the flooring in a room, as well as repair and repaint the ceiling, you should do the latter before the former. The reason for this is as follows; ceiling repairs are very messy; in addition to producing a massive amount of dust, they also involve the removal of old plaster and the application of fresh, wet plaster.
If you carry out this work after you have fitted your brand-new flooring, there is a very good chance the flooring will get destroyed. If it is a carpet, it could end covered in splatters of wet plaster or coated in an extremely thick layer of old plaster dust.
If you have opted for tiles or floorboards, the falling shards of old ceiling plaster could land on and scratch or chip the floor's surface.
Likewise, putting in new floors before you repaint the ceiling is a recipe for disaster, as there is a risk that the fresh paint could drip off the ceiling onto the floor or worse still, that you could end up accidentally knocking over a full tin of open paint onto your new carpets, tiles or floorboards.
Be careful about where you leave your building materials
It is extremely important to store your building materials in a safe place. The reason for this is that it can take a great deal of money and a lot of time to replace damaged building materials.
You should not, for example, leave any fragile items (such as loose tiles, backsplashes and glass shower screen doors) in areas where they could end up being struck and shattered by a piece of construction equipment, trampled on or knocked onto the floor.
Additionally, if possible, you should keep them wrapped in their original, protective packaging (i.e., their bubble wrap and double-walled cardboard boxes) up until you need them, as this will help to minimise the amount of damage that is done to them if they are struck by a person or a piece of equipment.
Similarly, you should avoid putting the rolled up carpeting or the underlay anywhere near solvents, tins of paint and other liquids that could potentially ruin these items if they are spilt on them.