5 steps to minimise disruption during your home refurbishment

Setting off on a home refurbishment project is always exciting, but it can also bring a fair bit of disruption to your day-to-day life. Luckily, there are ways to minimise this. 

With careful planning, a proactive approach, and by contracting a company who will work with you respectfully, you can minimise the impact of the renovation process. In this blog post, we will explore essential steps you can take to reduce disruption and maintain a sense of order and tranquillity during your home refurbishment. 

At DMA Property Solutions, we’re a friendly, local company who are experts in carrying out property refurbishments across Dorset, Hampshire, and Wiltshire. We’re not like the big-name companies out there – we bring a personal touch to our work, and go to a lot of effort to help minimise disruption and help you feel relaxed throughout the home refurbishment process. 

See our tips below and call us on 01202 698773 for more information about our services. 

Step 1: Prepare for the Refurbishment Process 

Clear Communication with Contractors 

Establish clear lines of communication with your contractors from the outset, and make sure you have a detailed timeline and project plan (including milestones and completion dates). Regularly communicate with your contractors to address any concerns or changes and maintain transparency throughout the project. 

Set Realistic Expectations

Be realistic about the level of disruption that a home refurbishment project can entail – depending on the size of the project, there will likely always be some disruption. Understand that there will be noise, dust, and potential inconveniences during the process. Setting realistic expectations can help you mentally prepare and minimise frustration when inconveniences arise.  

Step 2: Create Designated Living Spaces 

Establish a "Safe Haven" Within Your Home

During smaller refurbishment projects, designate a specific room or area within your home as a "safe haven." Let contractors know that this space will be kept free from renovation activities and serve as a sanctuary where you can retreat to relax and unwind amidst the disruption. Make it comfortable with essentials like a comfortable seating area, books, and entertainment options. 

Identify a Temporary Living Space  

If the refurbishment project is extensive, involving large amounts of building work that will significantly impact your living areas, consider finding a temporary living space. This could be staying with family or friends, renting a short-term accommodation, or utilising a caravan or trailer on-site. Having a separate living space will help maintain a sense of normalcy during the refurbishment. 

Step 3: Implement Protective Measures 

Dust Containment

Dust can be one of the biggest challenges during a refurbishment. Work with your contractors to establish dust containment measures, such as plastic sheeting or zip walls, to minimise its spread to other areas of your home. Choose a respectful refurbishment company, like DMA Property Solutions, who will make the effort to keep your home as clean as possible.  

Protective Coverings  

Protect vulnerable surfaces and belongings by using protective coverings such as plastic sheeting or drop cloths. Cover furniture, flooring, and fixtures to prevent damage from dust, debris, or accidental spills. This way, you won’t be worrying as work goes on. 

Step 4: Establish Clear Work Zones and Schedules 

Clearly Define Work Zones

Work with your contractors to establish clear work zones within your home. This helps contain the renovation activities and keeps them confined to specific areas, reducing disruption in other parts of the house. Clearly mark these zones and communicate them to all involved parties. 

Establish Planned Work Schedules and Updates

Establish a regular work schedule with your contractors to minimise surprises and ensure a consistent workflow. Regular updates on the progress of the project will help you anticipate any disruptions and make necessary adjustments to your daily routines. 

Step 5: Maintain Open Communication 

Organise Regular Meetings with Contractors

Schedule regular meetings with your contractors to discuss project updates, address concerns, and review any necessary adjustments. This open line of communication will help keep everyone aligned and ensure a smoother refurbishment process. 

Feel Free to Openly Address Concerns

If you have any concerns or issues arise during the refurbishment, don't shy away from discussing them openly with your contractors. Effective communication and timely resolution of problems can help minimise disruption and keep the project on track. 

Find Contractors who Prioritise Minimising Disruption

When you work with the right refurbishment company, it becomes much easier to minimise disruption in the home. Combining some practical preparatory measures with good communication and a respectful work team can help make home refurbishment work a lot less stressful. 

At DMA Property Solutions, we pride ourselves on our open and friendly approach. We’re happy to discuss the ways in which we can minimise disruption before we begin and make a point of respecting your space and schedule so that you can feel as comfortable as possible while work is underway. 

For more information, or to arrange a no-obligation consultation, call us today on 01202 698773. 

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