Renovation Tips: prepare properly

by Stickywire on Thursday April 12, 2012

Failing to prepare properly is a common mistake of many do-it-yourself renovators. Good preparation is essential for any construction or repair job at your home.

Gutting the works is the worst way to begin a renovation job. You may be able to retain some or much of the space without ripping it out and starting from scratch. For instance, in a kitchen redo, you might chip off the old tile without damaging the drywall or plaster beneath so you can retile a backsplash without applying new drywall behind it. You might repaint cabinets or an island instead of replacing them.

Once you begin removing things, like wallpaper or drywall or baseboards, it is almost impossible to go back. Make sure you want it gone before you start demolishing everything in your reno zone.

Anything that is not well prepared will detract from the final reno. Clean your working space thoroughly.  Dust and dirt can throw off measurements or ruin the effectiveness of materials like glues, cement and grout.

Finally, get the right tools and know how to use them. A renovator is only as good as the tools he or she uses.

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