While most people don’t think about renovating their home during the fall season, doing so can help keep your project on time and within budget. According to Home Advisor, since “…spring and summer might be the most popular seasons for home improvement, the best time to remodel is when your hassle (and budget) will be at a minimum.” Fall provides homeowners the opportunity to be #1 on their contractors agenda, with less potential for mix ups and more potential for discounts.
Even though fall may be an ideal season to tackle a home renovation, problems can arise without warning, such as extra repairs that need to be made or poor weather that happens suddenly. Most people have a contingency budget on hand to help handle additional expenses, but the stress and anxiety that happens when faced with unexpected occurrences is devastating, which is why it needs to be controlled and maintained.
The U.S. Department of Human Services states that stress can be prevented or reduced by, “Planning ahead, deciding which tasks need to be done first, and preparing for stressful events.” To help you plan and prepare, here are 3 situations that could happen during your home renovation that you might not necessarily have thought of:
Theft During Construction
According to Contractors from Hell, “…3.3 percent of homes under construction will suffer a break in or theft. This means that roughly 1 in every 33 homes a contractor is working on will get burglarized or suffer some level of theft. The cost of this theft has an average cost of 1.5%-2% of the total remodel…”
Whether you are renovating a brand new home you had purchased, or making repairs to your current home, consider storing belongings of value in a mini-storage unit to ensure items are safe from walking away as contractors enter and leave your home. Facilities offer 24/7 video surveillance, on-site security and locked, key-entry systems to help keep your belongings safe and secure.
Damage To Your Belongings
When most people think of damage happening during a renovation, they only consider damage to the structure of their home and not their actual belongings. Unfortunately, when a major renovation is taking place, there typically isn’t space to maneuver furniture or larger belongings around. With less space to work, damage happens, and the hassle of an insurance claim is the last thing anyone needs.
Instead of worrying about potential damage to your belongings, placing them in an off-site storage unit will keep them free from damage while simultaneously providing your contractor with more room to work. And, since units offer drive-up access with climate and pest control, you can rest assured that your belongings will remain in great condition.
Staging Your Home
If you are renovating your home with the intention of selling soon, it is important to make your home appealing to potential buyers. In How to Stage Your Home When You’re Looking to Sell, Richard Chamberlain states, “People entering want to see it at their best, envisioning as their own. With a little de-cluttering, some minor updates and a tinge of TLC, you get make your home sweet home one that someone can’t wait to buy, getting you the most bang for your buck.
Use storage to keep boxes and other large belongings to help your home appear more spacious and appealing to potential buyers. With units located in almost every neighborhood, finding one close to your current home or new home is simple.
Remember, no renovation goes as planned. However, by remaining diligent—anticipating various things that could go wrong and preparing—you can help alleviate unnecessary stress.
To a happy and stress-free renovation!