Smarter Renovations for the Homeowner

These home improvement tips will help you to work smarter in every remodeling or renovation project....EVER!

Our friends over at The Family Handyman have noted some very helpful tips to make your next home improvement project less messy, cost efficient and simple! Listed below are our Top 5 favorite tips:

1) Make a List
Home renovation is a fluid process. Unexpected situations arise daily. Whether you use a block of wood, a piece of cardboard or a notebook, always have a pencil and something to write on so you can keep track of the materials, tools and supplies you'll need to bring the next day.

2) Lay Down a Protective Path
It's impossible to demo a wall or bust up a floor without making a mess, but that doesn't mean you need to track that mess all over the rest of the house. The next time you have to tear out some carpet, cut several long strips, and use them as pathways to protect the flooring in other areas of the house. Make sure to flip the carpet upside down so the abrasive backing won't scratch the finish on wood floors. Canvas drop cloths are still the best method for protecting stair treads.

3) Organize Tools By the Job
Knowing exactly which tools you'll need for every job is next to impossible. Organize your toolboxes and storage bins according to the work that needs to be done. A box for plumbing tools, electrical, drywall, etc. No doubt this will lead to owning more than one of the same tool. But you won't believe how much time you'll save having all the proper tools on hand.

4) Install Temporary Lighting
Lighting is one of the last items to be installed on most remodeling projects, but it's hard to do a good job when you're working in the dark. Plug-in work lights take up precious outlets and are always being tripped on or moved around. As soon as you have power to the lighting receptacles, consider installing temporary lighting. Home centers and hardware stores sell the lighting for a few dollars, and wiring it is as simple as turning a couple of wire nuts.

5) Knock it Off From the Back Side
Who says you have to pull drywall from the wall? If the drywall on one side of a wall has already been removed, pound off the other side from the back with a sledgehammer. You should be able to remove several large chunks at a time if you keep the blows close to studs and don't pound too hard.

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