Getting some renovation work done on your home can give your beloved space a new lease of life. Knocking through walls to create an airy, open plan living space, building a loft extension, or refitting your kitchen and bathroom areas are all alterations that can transform a boring old house into a stylish and livable zone.
One problem with getting this work done is that some of your appliances are going to be exposed to dust, rubble, and other accidents whilst work is being completed, no matter how hard you try to get this stuff out of the way. Structural alterations such as knocking walls down or widening doorways pose a particularly large risk to your expensive white goods.
Making changes to your home can be a messy business. You’ll need to put a plan in place to avoid expensive damage to your bulky appliances if you want to be completely satisfied – and not completely exasperated – by the results of your home improvement work. Here are some simple ways in which you can make absolutely sure that you don’t hemorrhage money during the process of making improvements to your home.
Get Insurance On Your Appliances Or Purchase A Warranty
You can’t always completely prevent damage from being done to your furniture and appliances when you make changes to your home. Make sure your belongings are insured. If that is not possible, then getting some home warranties that cover your sensitive belongings can be a lifesaver. Plenty of companies offer third party warranties, so don’t be put off from looking around.
Block Off Hallways With Plastic Sheeting
One of the best ways to avoid damage to any of your appliances is to isolate the area you are working on completely. Of course, closing doors between rooms is the best way of doing this, but often you’ll be working in a space that can’t be blocked off with a door. Installing temporary plastic sheeting membranes allows for the complete isolation of your appliances.
Most good contractors will install plastic sheeting in your hallways before commencing any messy home improvement work, and don’t be scared to demand this from them if they don’t initially.
Hire Canvas Coverings
Likewise, competent contractors will cover your appliances and furniture with canvas tarpaulins to prevent any detritus from damaging them. If you are doing the work yourself, many builders supply warehouses will rent out canvas tarps to you by the day. A thick tarpaulin that is correctly anchored to the floor should keep your possessions completely protected from debris, dust, and paint that will be flying about whilst you work on giving your home a new lease of life.
Seal Appliance Doors And Vents
This can save you a packet in the long run. Get some good quality duct tape and thick plastic lining and go round all of your appliances, making sure to seal any vents or doors or other forms of openings. Drying machines have especially sensitive vents on both the inside and outside of your home. Dust flies around like crazy during a renovation. Preparing for it could be the difference between a busted appliance and a perfectly fine one.