When things in your home continue to fall apart, it may be time for an upgrade. If your family is growing, it may be less expensive to expand your home than to buy a new one. There may be many other reasons why you would need a renovation. Hiring a contractor can be costly, and they control a lot of the project. If you renovate your home by yourself, you get to take control and get the job done no matter how long it takes. It can be hard starting a big job by yourself without any experience. This guide will help you learn the tools to purchase, do a deep cleaning on your home, look at which room needs to be renovated first and what needs to be done, add a fresh coat of paint, and clean up your mess.
1. Tools to Purchase
Since you don’t have any experience renovating your home, you may not know the kinds of tools to purchase. One of the tools is a bandsaw, which is considered a cutting tool. They can get really expensive so you may want to search around to find an inexpensive bandsaw. These can cut through anything and would be a perfect tool to start your project off the right way. Other tools include a level. A level will help you measure pieces out to make sure they’re hanging right and are straight. Clamps are also helpful when working on your home. If you plan on gluing anything together, the clamps will hold up the wooden piece you’re working on until the glue is dried. Portable saws are also good so you can take them from room to room as you’re renovating.
2. Deep Clean Your Home
Before you can begin to renovate your home, you should do a deep clean to get ready to start your project. You can prevent dust from getting on your renovation project. Things should be dusted, vacuumed, and wiped down. This is when you get prepared by moving furniture to clean behind them. Put down newspapers, old towels, or white paper on the floor so you can protect your floors from wood clippings, paint, or from scratching your floor if you have hardwood floors. Once you have covered the floors, it would be a good idea to protect your furniture. You can protect your furniture by putting plastic covers on them.
3. Where Should You Start First?
In a household, there are several rooms, not including the bedrooms. Any one of those rooms can be updated. Many people start with the kitchen first. After a house has been listed for sale on the market, the highest-selling point is the kitchen. That’s the place where many people spend most of their time cooking or baking. Take a look around your kitchen. Does it need an update? What can you do? How do you start? Those are the questions you should be asking yourself before getting started. Take things one step at a time. If the cabinets are old and faded, then it should be time to replace them. Take this time to go to the store and ask what you can use to replace your cabinets. Take pictures of your kitchen so employees can better understand what you’re looking to purchase. Also, take measurements so you know how big the cabinets should be. Buy a can of spray paint made specifically for the wood so your cabinets would look new.
The flooring can turn your place around. Sometimes that’s all you need to make things stand out. If you’re completing a project this big without experience, then it’s a good idea to start on small projects first within the room you’re renovating.
4. Painting Projects
Sometimes all a renovation needs is a fresh coat of paint. If your walls are bland and need a pop of color, buy a few paint colors to see which one you like the best. You can put a few light colors on the walls to see which one would go with your furniture the best. You can always paint over it once you find the color that best suits that room. Make sure it also goes with your furniture. For painting projects, make sure you’re putting painter’s tape on all the lines and corners. This way you won’t get paint on the ceiling or any of the other lines and corners. Your painting job should look neat and organized and start with one wall at a time. If you add paint in one room, make sure it dries before you do other rooms. You don’t want to inhale all the paint fumes at once because it could be unbearable to live in your home. Stores have lots of shades of the same color. If you’re trying to add a fresh coat of paint with the same color in that room, bring color swatches to your home and see if you can choose the color that best matches the previous color.
5. Clean Up the Mess
The last tip to renovation projects is to clean up your mess. It’s best to save this to the end, and you can clean up everything altogether. Some people rent a dumpster for their yard to make it easier to transfer big things such as old cabinets that need to be thrown away. This is when you will take all the plastic off your furniture and take everything off your floors. Make sure to wait until the paint dries before you move any furniture against the walls. Once you have thrown things away, the dumpster has been returned, and everything has been moved back to its proper places, then it’s a good idea to sweep up any leftover pieces that may have been dropped during the renovation and mop up afterward.
Based on the number of rooms you are doing, a project like this could take weeks and maybe months to complete. These five tips are great ideas to take things slow since you may not have that much experience. If you have any projects that will take a contractor, then save those for last. This way you can save up more money to have some help. Until then, completing projects on your house may be something that is long overdue and will look great when it’s complete.