What To Consider When Creating A Renovation Checklist

Complete renovation of your home is not that simple as some people believe it to be. A lot of careful planning and preparations needs to be done before you even begin working on your home. From small things like picking the color for your living room walls to bigger tasks like hiring a renovation company to fix your roof. You will have to make all these decisions quickly and before renovation begins, so you don’t waste your time and money.

That is why we recommend to all people who are thinking about renovating their home to make a renovation checklist. You might be wondering what goes on this list, but don’t worry, we will answer that question here, so you know exactly what you need to finish the makeover of your home.

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First of all, when starting any kind of work you will need to decide on the highest amount of money you are willing to invest in that project. |The same goes for the renovation work. Never start renovating before you have the budget set in stone. We know that you can’t determine your expenses down to a penny, but large and expensive jobs should be arranged and scheduled in advance.

For example, finding a roof repairing company should not be an impulse decision. Instead, research the offers and find the best one that fits your budget. The same goes for everything else, count in the paint, tools, electricity, and all other small things you would never think about, so you know exactly how much money you need for the whole thing. Trust us, if you have the budget determined before the work begins, you will save a lot more money because most last-minute services cost more.

Decide on the materials

Once you have the determined budget and an estimate of your expenses, you should start researching the materials you will be using for the job. The renovation process is a perfect time to make some big changes to your home. By this we mean you should consider using more eco-friendly materials and other alternatives that are maybe more expensive now, but in the long run, they will benefit you greatly.

knife-933072_960_720Think about it, if you are already doing work on your home why not take it to the next level and ensure that your investment returns a profit in the future. For example, installing additional insulation materials will decrease your electricity bill and putting solar panels on the roof will benefit you in numerous ways. There are a lot more things you can do, so make sure you have done your research thoroughly.

Consider hiring professionals for some tasks

Now, depending on what types of jobs you are planning to do on your house, you should consider hiring a team of professionals for some of them. Fixing a roof is a hard thing to do, it requires a lot of skill and knowledge if you want to do it properly, and so is wiring and plumbing. These jobs should be done by professionals, otherwise, you are risking doing more damage and even injuring yourself. So make sure that you hire a competent crew that fits your budget.

Make sure you have all necessary tools

Renovation work can’t even start if you don’t have all the necessary tools. Pull out your checklist and start crossing over the things you already have, for the rest you will need to go shopping. The tools you need solely depends on what type of work you will be doing.

For example, if you are painting your house, put the ladders, rollers and eye protection on the list, if you are doing some roof repairs get a scissor lift, safety harnesses and other necessary tools to finish the job, etc. It is crucial to have all tools written down and acquired before the renovation begins or you will have to stop the process until you get that pipe for your kitchen.

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And that is all from us. As you can see the renovation checklist isn’t complicated to create and it will help you a lot with planning and keeping everything organized. The items on the list will vary depending on the tasks you are planning to do, but remember these four points and you will have covered almost everything.

 

8 Cost-Efficient Ways To Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly In 2017

The 21st century started years ago and one of the most important things it brought with it is ecological awareness. Today, houses are built to be eco-friendly and energy-efficient which is definitely a great thing. However, that doesn’t mean that we should bring down historic houses built with no intention of saving energy or any of the Earth’s resources. That means that we should use all of our knowledge about energy and water preservation and to apply it in greening up old houses without affecting their unique aesthetic. Here are some ways to do that.

Insulate

Houses built before the 1940s were rarely insulated. If they were, the materials originally used may have deteriorated over time, allowing the cold air to creep in. Fortunately, today there are plenty of eco-friendly and efficient insulating materials that can significantly reduce your utility bills. Before you even begin insulating them, you should seal the air gaps around the doors and windows. Also, don’t forget to insulate the attic and ducts.

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Replace or Upgrade the Windows

There’s no point in preventing heat or the cool air from leaving the house by insulating the walls if it will eventually go out through the windows. When installing new windows you should check their energy ratings. Triple glazed windows are the best option, but double glazed ones are much more cost-efficient. If new windows would disturb the aesthetics of your old home, the combination of storm windows and good window treatments should do the trick.

Be Smart with the Lights

If your house still uses old incandescent light bulbs, consider replacing them, since they’re spending a huge amount of energy. Compact fluorescent light bulbs can save a lot of energy, but if you’re in it for the long haul, you should install LED lights throughout the house.

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Introduce Rugs

Have you ever stepped foot on the cold hardwood floor? It may look nice, but it feels freezing. Area rugs are a rather cheap way to prevent that awful feel, but also to save a couple of dollars when the energy bill comes. Besides, you’ll get an instant stylish punch.

Save Water

The way most people uses their bathrooms today speaks a lot about our disregard for Earth’s most precious resource – water. Almost 30 percent of the total water use in a household is flushed down the toilet and 10 percent is leaking from the pipes and faucets.

There are ways to decrease that consumption. The first step would be addressing the biggest problem – toilet. By installing a low-flow toilet you will cut down your water expenses, and the costs of buying a new toilet and hiring professional plumbers to install it will pay off in a couple of years. Unlike the toilet, installing a low-flow showerhead is in the DIY domain.

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Get Energy-Efficient Appliances

You may think you’re saving money by keeping your old refrigerator and indefinitely delaying the purchase of a new one, but you’re not. Old appliances are not only using more electricity, they also require frequent fixes and replacing of some parts. Switching all the old devices for their new Energy Star rated counterparts is, eventually, much cheaper.

Install Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a great investment since they’re reasonably priced and they can, in the long run, save a lot of money. If you think that ceiling fans are useful only in winter, you’re wrong. They can be very beneficial during the heating season when they spread the heat throughout the air and make your heating system more efficient.

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Make Your Home Non-toxic

Toxic chemicals your house is filled with may not have a damaging effect on your wallet, but they are certainly harmful to your health. Paint colors that don’t contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds) will prevent toxins from entering your body while using homemade cleaning products (e.g. any kind of DIY product with apple cider vinegar or baking soda) will minimize the number of chemicals you are inhaling and save you money at the same time.

“Greening up” is much more than just a buzzword. It is a practice that will not only minimize your negative impact on the planet but also benefit your health and budget.