There comes a time when you're struck by inspiration for most homeowners, and that's when you get excited about starting some upgrading and renovation works to spruce up your property. Upgrading your home will inevitably affect daily routines what with workers coming in and out or other projects you're embarking on to make your dream home a reality.
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Fortunately, with a bit of organisation and lots of prior planning, the whole process can be easier to go through. Here are a few tips that'll help you survive your next property upgrade.
Consider your family’s schedule
For starters, before you start upgrading your home, think about your family members and their schedules. For example, it’s probably not the best idea to renovate your home during your children’s exam period. Or, if you or your wife happen to work from home, that probably won’t be possible during the upgrade either.
So, it might be best to start remodelling when you go on vacation. This way, you’d solve another problem as well – if the upgrade is larger in scale, it might be better not to be at home anyway. By going away during the project, you’d provide your workers with enough room. Plus, you’d save yourself the stress that comes with all the noise, dust, and commotion.
Inform your neighbours
The renovation project is not going to affect only you – your neighbours will notice it as well. So, to avoid any trouble with your neighbours, make sure to inform them about your plans and important dates. Even if it does become noisy, they are much less likely to make a fuss about it if you let them know beforehand.
Be smart with security
One of the best ways to make your home smarter is to install some smart security devices. Most of them are easy to install and just as easy to control via your phone or laptop. Devices such as cameras would allow you to keep an eye on your home, and the best smart locks would deter thieves. You can also add a couple of motion sensors, which would send a message to your phone whenever they detect some movement.
Add USB outlets
If you want to make your home smarter, you could probably use a few more outlets – so why not add some USB outlets too? They are perfect for a tech-friendly lifestyle, as they allow you to charge your phone, tablet, or e-book reader much more easily. They also leave you more room for your actual appliances or lighting fixtures. Just make sure to choose a USB outlet that is strong enough to charge larger gadgets and that meets all the necessary safety standards.
Protect your furniture
Considering that home upgrades are inevitably messy and dirty, you might want to protect your furniture and all the other valuable items that could get in the way. For example, a good idea would be to rent a storage unit, and move your furniture there until the renovation is over. This way, your workers would have more room, and nobody would have to worry about damaging anything valuable. Additionally, if you don’t have the means of moving all your items, or if your car is simply too small, you can use Budget truck hire service and move your furniture on your own. Your items would be safe, and your mind would be at peace.
Upgrading your property and making it smarter than before can be as exhausting as it is exciting. So, make sure to plan things thoroughly before you start the project. By doing so, you and your family will have a much easier time surviving this period, and you’ll be enjoying your new home in no time.
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Chloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide who loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Beside all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time. This was a guest contributed post.