Home Renovation Essentials: 4 Do’s and Don’ts

Remodeling is very complex and demanding, no matter if you are remodeling an old house or just want to customize your home to your family’s needs.

Before undertaking any work, you have to make a thorough plan of the remodeling and determine what your goal is, so that you can be completely satisfied after the job is done. As renovation projects can also get quite pricey, you will also need to see if you can do any of them yourself and thus save some money in the process.

The rooms that are often being remodeled are kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and garage, and apart from them, alarm system and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

First things first

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If you are about to remodel an old house, first check the condition of the roof, attic, doors and windows, and the indoor staircases. Seal all the cracks in the roof, check the gutters, and check the attic ventilation and roof insulation. Since the attic is usually the main point of energy loss in a home, you want to make sure that’s not the case with your house as well.

So, head on over to insulation4less and learn as much as you can about different types of insulation and find the right fit for your home. Additionally, if the windows and doors are not in mint condition, either replace them or just repaint and reapply new caulking. In the end, make sure that the staircase is nice and sturdy so that nobody gets hurt.

Take precise measurements

When remodeling any room, it’s extremely important to take things one step at the time. So the first thing you’ll need to do is take precise measurements of all of the existing furniture you intend to keep, so that you can easily put it back in place once all the remodeling is done.

No matter if you’re skilled or not, try to make drawings of the current space you’re working with, as well as drawings of what you wish the space to look like in the end, and include precise measurements. That way you can easily play around with the layout and reposition your furniture more easily until you come up with a setup that works perfectly.

If you are not really into drawing, you can use masking tape to figure out the position of furniture pieces, and only when you are completely satisfied, can you start with remodeling, tearing down the walls and replacing them, or changing the position of your doors.

Create a schedule


It is very important to make a schedule of all the work that needs to be done, especially when renovating your bathroom.

First off, remove old bathroom fixtures, such as the bathtub, toilet and sink if you don’t intend to keep them. Then, renovate your plumbing before anything else. After that you can reconsider the electricity and lighting in the bathroom, and see whether or not you have enough outlets and switches.

After you’re done with electricity, it’s time to tackle your walls and floors. Replace the tiles, re-caulk the existing ones if you wish to keep them and give your walls a fresh coat of paint. Only after the entire base of your bathroom is done should you install new fixtures and add the rest of the bathroom furniture, such as mirrors, cabinets and vanities.

Remodel the kitchen one step at a time

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Finally, it’s time to show your kitchen some love.

So, check the position of your ventilation hood first. If needed and if possible, relocate it according to your needs and your vision of the kitchen before you move anything in. Again, you’ll need to be absolutely precise with measurements and plan your space thoroughly.

If you wish to replace your backsplash, this should be the next step. If not, you can move on to repainting your walls and refurbishing your floors. Once that is done, start filling your kitchen back up with all of the furniture pieces and appliances you had in mind.

As a final touch, add a nice pot of aromatic herbs, so that you always have them close by when preparing delicious food for your family.