Moving into a second-hand house? Thinking of renovating it? Yes, process of renovation can be frustrating especially if you have kids and pets at home. For beginners who would like to try their hands in renovating it themselves, it can be troublesome as you are unsure of which job comes first – paint the walls or retile the floors? According to experienced contractors, you need to follow a set of guidelines and rules for the whole house renovation timeline.
Firstly, design and plan accordingly on what is necessary. Even if it is just a simple job of painting, planning always comes first. You need to allocate the right and substantial amount of funding for the renovation. Identify a list of easy jobs such as do-it-yourself projects and those that requires professionals to complete it on your behalf. Next up, if possible, ask around for reliable and trustworthy contractors for jobs that require their professionalism.
For those who would like to restructure their house, make sure that the future renovation won’t cause your house to collapse. Check on the foundation/base, and roof as well as windows. Before you begin the heavy job, secure the foundation and repair weakened walls. Never ever leave seriously damaged windows as it will cause the house to collapse during the renovation.
As mentioned above, it is always important to have plans before you begin renovation works as in certain cases, demolition could be the first step. If the contractors you hire are planning on a large scale demolition, remember to rent a large container for the waste. Practice extreme caution when demolishing parts of the house especially on surfaces that are coated with lead-based paint.
After demolishing part of the house, you can now call-in carpenters for carpentry projects for the house such as constructing new secure walls, moving existing walls, enlarging the windows and also putting in new doors for certain areas.
Next up, you can install fiberglass insulation in the walls built. After a thorough check by electrical inspector or other related officers, progress to the next step – close up the walls and apply other drywall compound and let it dry. After some time, sand it to ensure that the surface is smooth and to achieve seamless surface.
Do not install floors at the beginning of the renovation as it saves your flooring surface from any damage. You are now 70 percent complete on the project. Thus, continue with painting the interior walls using desired colours, hang your favourite wallpapers, seal the trim and complete all the detail oriented surface finishes as the last indoor project.
Most of the houses (especially in Asia) are not used to the concept of siding. In fact, siding is good for your homes as when doors and windows get punched out, it will not ruin the sides and corners.