Around the House | February 25, 2014
Spring is nearly upon us…I hope! This is the time to get your home improvement projects and renovation plans under way. The Washington D.C. area hosted two great home improvement shows in January and February and there will be one coming to Maryland in March. These shows always offer a chance to speak with designers and contractors and to get home remodeling ideas. Just before the warm weather hits is the perfect time to get your plans and budget set, material ordered and the time set aside to fulfill your goal of a new room. Home improvement activity has increased dramatically over the past few years. According to this infographic from the Census Bureau, homeowners spent over $359 billion on home improvement projects from 2009 to 2011. The largest amount was usually spent on renovating the kitchen. And 37% of homeowners surveyed did the project on their own, while 63% hired professionals. In 2013, it was projected that homeowners would spend over $550 billion dollars on home improvement projects! With the housing market on the upswing, people are planning and working on projects to improve their homes.
When you are starting your renovation project, it is important that you define your project, which means that you have a set a specific budget and scheduled the necessary time to complete the project. Make sure that you have ordered, in advance, materials that you will need to avoid scrambling to find the needed material or tool at the last minute. Most importantly create alternate areas to use as back-up for the construction zones. For example, if you are renovating a bathroom, make sure that you have another bathroom in the home that can be used during construction.
When doing a renovation project, it is important to remove all of the items from the room to protect them from construction damage. Renting a self storage unit during a renovation/remodeling process is a smart choice to protect your personal items and furniture from dirt, dust, paint drips and damage during the project. Renting during renovation projects is one of the most popular reasons for renting a storage unit. It is much easier to work in a room that is completely empty. Simply putting a paint tarp over items will really not protect them from damage during actual construction. Also, large furniture can take up valuable work space. If you are doing the project on your own, you’ll need that extra space for the added equipment and materials. After the project is completed, you can use your self storage unit to store your new equipment until you need it for the next project.
One of the most important things to remember during a renovation process is do not overreach. Do not give up on your DIY project, but know when it is time to hire a professional to finish up the work.
ezStorage has 45 locations in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas. Our friendly and professional staff can help you with your storage needs from packing and moving supplies to temporary storage for your renovation project. Stop in when you need help finding the right storage space for your renovation projects!