“Living through a home renovation is like living in the wild…you do whatever it takes to survive” –Author Unknown
There has never been any doubt that home renovation projects are necessary if you wish to upgrade the overall quality of your homes. After all, by enhancing your home’s aesthetics as well as functionality, you will be effectively elevating its potential for livability and comfort. Unfortunately, while much of a home renovation’s results are to be enjoyed, living through a renovation can be quite the nightmare– so much so, that in the middle of it all, you might even find yourself wondering why you even bothered going through this endeavor in the first place. If you have the financial resources to locate elsewhere while your home is being torn apart and put back together, lucky you but for those of us who have to operate on a tight budget, living in our homes while it is going through several renovation phases is the only option.
However, if you do make the decision to upgrade your living space, you should also learn to put up with the dust. In any case, perhaps knowing what to expect can make it a lot easier on you as well as allow you to prepare. So, if you are planning to take on a renovation project—whether your home is in Makati condo or elsewhere, here are some of the things you can expect:
Things will get broken
Things and items getting broken during an ongoing renovation will be inevitable. Even if those said items are placed well away out of harm’s way, it might still get broken. Keep in mind that whatever is in your property would be potentially be in harm’s way. However, this does not mean to say that just because everything is already in danger of getting broken, you just have to accept it. There are a few measures you can take to ensure that those valuable to you would not suffer the same fate as your broken items. If you have especially precious items, move them out of the house and ask a neighbor or a friend to keep them while construction is still ongoing.
It will be loud
This one is a no brainer and among all these items, this is something you might have already expecting. However, do note that at times, the construction crew may be loud at inopportune and inconvenient moments. While they may not exactly be pounding on your walls and the like at night, they might be making some construction noise at the exact time your toddler might be going down for a nap.
It will get dusty
With so much construction work going on in your house, it is inevitable to get dust in almost every crevice you have. While this is something that can easily be avoided by covering most surfaces, you cannot expect to cover every single surface when you need to be working on them. In this regard, it can be safe to say that dust permeates everything—just open a cabinet and you would notice how quickly dust can accumulate. However, there are ways of containing it without having to cover every single item in your house. Simply hang plastic sheeting over doorways that lead to the construction area from the rest of the house. Similarly, you should hang plastic sheeting over pantry and cabinet doors to keep dust away from contaminating the food. Lastly, it is a good idea to vacuum as often as possible as this will help you leverage the amount of dust you track throughout your home.
You will not always have plumbing
No amount of planning can ever prepare you from not having any plumbing around the house. Although having available plumbing is contingent upon when your construction crew would decide to work on the pipes and plumbing, you cannot always plan when you are going to have a spill or an overfilled diaper. Ensure that you and your contractor are on the same page as to when your water will be turned off and for how long. On top of that, you need to make sure you have a place to go (or at least a few gallons of backup water) should you ever need to shower.
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