Preparing for a home renovation can be a daunting task, particularly if you plan to live in your home for the duration of the construction process. Getting organized before a renovation begins will help clear up space, expedite the construction process, and ensure that your possessions are protected against potential damage.
Develop a Storage Plan
Before you begin your home renovation, create a plan of action that will help guide you through the process of moving furniture and possessions. Key questions to consider:
- What areas will be most affected by the renovation? Will renovation be limited to one room or will builders need to access different areas of the house?
- Where will possessions be best protected from dust, debris and other construction byproducts?
- What is your plan for moving larger and heavier objects? Will you require assistance in the moving process?
Renovation can stir up a lot of dust, which can damage upholstered furniture, clothing and other delicate possessions. Determine which possessions are most susceptible to damage and where and how these items will be stored until the construction process has concluded. Ideally, you will want to identify storage areas that are well removed from areas under renovation. When selecting a place for storing items try to pick a dry location that is well insulated from shifting weather conditions.
What Should You Keep?
This is a good point in the process to begin identifying possessions that do not serve a function in the newly renovated space, and to consider which items might be discarded or sold. Think critically about how you would like to use the space once the renovation process is complete: Which of your possessions will have a purpose in the newly renovated space? Do specific pieces of furniture, for instance, better match the aesthetic of the space? More importantly, what items might you consider selling at a garage sale or dropping off at a local donation center?
Packing Possessions for Future Access
Box up items that can be easily damaged in transit or that might be susceptible to exposure to dust. Group similar items together (for instance, bedding, blankets and other fabric material) and focus on packing items in a way that ensures possessions can be easily located at a later date. If the renovation process persists for several months, grouping and labeling packages can help in terms of identifying an accessing much needed items. These items should be packed in storage areas last to improve ease of access.
Larger pieces of furniture, particularly furniture that can be easily damaged, should be cleaned and wrapped for storage. Use padding where possible to help protect furniture during the moving process. If you have limited room in your designated storage space, make sure to pack heavier and more durable items on the bottom and to stack more easily-damaged items on top.
Store Valuables in a Safe Place
Consider storing valuables in a secure location to protect against damage and possibility of theft. Ideally, you will want to store valuables in dry areas, secured areas. If you do not own a safe, local storage centers and banks offer suitable options for protecting valuables. Research the cost of secure storage at an off-site deposit box.
If you are considering or beginning a home renovation project, contact the professionals at Alair Homes Longmont today!