This is our first renovation, but my parents are seasoned veterans; they've renovated or built at least 5 houses. Over the years I've picked up some of their tricks and PRH and I have already learned a few of our own that I thought I'd pass along. Without further ado:
- make to do lists in phases so you don't get overwhelmed.
- tape your to do list right to the front door. It keeps everyone on task and acts as a visual reminder of how much you're accomplishing each day.
- if possible, try not to live there while you're renovating.
- rodent eviction happens first (that one's from my mom). Gross, but true.
- keep your crew hydrated and well fed. This may take some planning, but it's really important.
- try to make a schedule and keep a routine.
- if you have kids, organize babysitters well in advance, but also make sure to schedule in 'family unit only' time.
Another huge distraction has been the influx of non-working visitors who just want to hang out. Quick visits have genuinely been a nice break, but lingering visits? Not so much. From the beginning we made it clear that we were planning to move in within two weeks of closing, yet folks kept stopping by and would hang out for hours in the lawn instead of helping and then expected us to feed them! Saying things like, "Sorry, but we really need to get back to work", didn't seem to help and I was getting really irritated. It finally dawned on me to remove the comfortable lawn chairs I had set out the day we closed. Nowhere to sit = short, sweet visits.
I know that a bunch of you are either working on your own home renovation projects or are about to start. What are your renovation tips?