With summer approaching, many homeowners will be considering ways in which they can improve their home – whether this is for sale or their own enjoyment. With Brexit hanging over everyone’s heads and the property market uncertain, perhaps you’ve decided to stay put and invest in your home and make those changes you’ve been talking about for years.  Renovation or building an extension is far less stressful than moving after all.

Have a look at some of the most important things to consider before rushing into getting any work done.

  1. What To Do with Your Belongings?

If you’re planning on renovating your home this summer, then there’s a very important question you need to answer: while work is carried out in your home, what should you do with your possessions? You don’t want them in the way and you certainly don’t want to see them getting damaged or clogged with dust, so think about putting it all in self-storage. At Smart Storage, we offer a wide range of unit sizes perfect for all of your needs and requirements, be it bulky pieces of furniture, domestic appliances or your winter clothes, blankets and leisure equipment

No matter whether you’re looking for self-storage in Liverpool, self-storage in Preston, self-storage in The Wirral, self-storage in Warrington, self-storage in Widnes or self-storage in Altrincham, we can help.

  1. What to Renovate?

Another thing you’ll want to confirm before starting renovations is what you want to change as opposed to what actually needs to be changed. Identify which areas would benefit from improvements the most and how much you’re willing to spend. Sprucing up the garden or adding a lick of paint to a room will be much cheaper and less disruptive than carrying out building work but will not deliver a better use of living space.  If you embark on a renovation journey without having a plan, you may find yourself going over budget.

  1. Add Value to Your Home

Of course, adding an extension can add a lot of value to your home – something to consider if you’re thinking about selling it later down the line. Even if this isn’t your goal, you can still upgrade your home this summer and enjoy an improved living space! Individual improvements, like adding additional windows to increase natural light and modernising your bathroom or kitchen, go a long way to increasing the enjoyment of your home and generally, add value to the property and make it more attractive to potential buyers.

modern bathroom

  1. Think About Function

While interior design is incredibly important in your home, you still need to consider the practical side of it – can form co-exist with function? If you have to sacrifice practicality for design, then you may want to reconsider your approach to the renovation project. Think about how you live in the space and this should guide your every decision; for instance, it can help you to know where to add a new door or window, or even determine traffic patterns throughout the property.

  1. It Will Take Longer Than You Think

Another important thing to factor in is how long your renovation project will last. You may have everything planned out and aim for a specific date but, more often than not, the deadline will come and go, and you’ll still be miles away from finishing While this is not always the case, it’s certainly common to misjudge how long something is going to take. Don’t worry if it happens to you – the most important thing is to make sure the renovation is going well!

  1. Everything Will Be Dusty for a Long Time

While this is not something that will impact your project, the truth is that it’s important to keep in mind that your home will remain dusty and dirty throughout your renovations and yes, even after you move back into your new space. This can be annoying, especially if you have glass furniture or a lot of knick-knacks, where dust will easily collect and become visible quickly. This is another reason why self-storage may help you during your renovation project – keep these and other belongings in storage until you’re ready to take them out and finally enjoy your renovated home.

cleaning tiles

  1. Ask All the Questions

It’s your money you’re spending, so don’t hesitate to ask questions, be it of your contractor, interior designer or supplier (if you’re doing it all yourself). It’s important that you know why decisions are made, no matter whether it’s about a specific tile for the kitchen or the size of your new windows. This way, you can be confident that your project is going well.

  1. Measure Everything Correctly

Nothing’s worse than getting a gorgeous sofa that will look fantastic in your brand-new living room only to find out it doesn’t fit in the space you’d planned or it. If you still wish to keep it for a later date, why not place it in storage until then? But by measuring every nook and cranny in your home, you can avoid purchasing a piece of furniture that is too big or too small for your space. Additionally, if you already have these measurements, you can give in to ‘spontaneous’ purchases, if you happen to pass by a store window and see the dresser of your dreams…

  1. Having the Right Finishes

When it comes to choosing the correct paint finishes for your home, you may need a different one for each room. This will depend on several factors; for example, matte finishes tend to be the best choice for ceilings because it helps give them a ‘receding’ appearance (which, in turn, will make them look higher and the room bigger). Satin finishes are often good options for walls because they reflect light.

You may also need to consider anti-mould paint, especially in the bathroom, where you’re likely to have humidity problems.

put things in storage for Home Improvement work

At Smart Storage, we want to make your life easier whilst you’re undergoing your renovation project this summer. Our self-storage units are perfect to keep your items, no matter what they are or how long you need to store them, and we also offer plenty of boxes and packaging to help protect and organise your belongings. Let us know what you need and we’ll be more than happy to help – alternatively, you can also get an instant quote now by filling out our online form.