Home Renovation Essentials
Home renovation can be an eye-opening and life-altering experience for many homeowners, making a home remodel one of the biggest projects they ever take on. Though undertaking such an endeavor may seem daunting, with proper preparation and planning it can become a success story.
First, focus on fixing roof leaks, repairing foundation damage and making sure your house is watertight. Next, look into installing or repairing windows and siding as necessary.
Every home remodeler requires a basic toolbox and some power tools. If your renovations involve demolition, a respirator mask should also be worn to protect against harmful dust particles.
If your home features PEX plumbing, a ring crimper and PEX cutter should be among your essential home renovation tools. A sturdy ladder may also help reach hard-to-reach places.
Stud sensors are handy tools that allow you to quickly locate studs in walls before drilling or nailing. Guesswork is not only time and energy-wasting; guessing where studs exist wastes both! For this reason alone, having this home renovation tool in your arsenal should not be underestimated.
2. Cordless Drill
At its core, home renovation involves maintenance and repair work rather than major structural adjustments. This could mean fixing that leaking toilet fill valve, caulking around the tub or tightening up lighting fixtures to increase property values. Such improvements don’t require expensive tools; all you really need is a cordless drill with at least 12-18V running power – most homeowners may be fine with something smaller; more advanced DIYers might prefer something stronger. When starting up, however, its initial surge to 20 volts should settle back down before returning back down to 18V regular running power levels before returning back down again – information should be clearly marked on packaging for you before purchasing such tools.
3. Dust Collection
One of the greatest obstacles during a renovation is dust. If the work is taking place while you remain living in your home, keeping up with all of the debris generated daily may prove challenging.
As part of your renovation plans, investing in an air scrubber or similar device that collects construction dust may also be beneficial in helping reduce indoor air pollution during and after your renovation project is finished. Doing this will ensure quality clean air for you to breathe during and after its completion.
4. Safety Equipment
Homeowners frequently underestimate the amount of safety equipment necessary for a renovation project. Many are inspired to do it themselves after watching do-it-yourself television shows featuring contractors using noisy power tools without hearing protection, and ripping apart walls without masks or gloves.
As inhaling mold particles is potentially hazardous and may lead to long term lung damage, having protective coveralls is essential when undertaking renovation projects. Furthermore, investing in steel toe capped boots will offer extra protection in case anything should fall onto you during work activities.
5. Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning supplies might not be the most exciting aspect of home renovation, but they make a noticeable difference. From taking on spills to grime accumulation during remodels, cleaning supplies make sure surfaces remain spotlessly clean throughout your remodel project.
Cleaning rags, towels, and dry wipes can effectively eliminate dust accumulations on surfaces like walls and cabinets and absorb any spills that occur. Brushes, brooms, dust pans reach hard-to-reach places for thorough sweeping or dusting; while scouring pads remove stains. Finally, baking soda acts as an all-arounder that absorbs and eliminates odors on virtually every surface it encounters.
6. Safety Equipment
Even though home renovation can often appear to be straightforward on television shows featuring do-it-yourself home remodeling projects, safety equipment must always be an absolute must when undertaking home improvement projects on one’s own. Without such equipment in place, many individuals risk serious injury and even death during these projects.
Many renovation-related injuries result from fire or exposure to potentially hazardous substances, including mold, dust and rodent urine.
Therefore, it is vital to have a high-quality first aid kit available should any accidents arise during a project. Such kits contain all of the essential items necessary to treat various injuries.
7. Electrical Equipment
Even as you focus on more exciting aspects of home renovation, don’t neglect the basics. Small changes like replacing outlet covers and doorknobs or caulking the tub can go a long way toward making your home seem fresher.
As part of home renovations, it’s essential that you update the electrical system. Doing so will bring your house up to modern safety standards and avoid issues like circuit breakers constantly tripping.
To undertake these tasks, a few essential electrical tools will be required, such as screwdriver sets (flathead and Phillips), needle-nose pliers and wire strippers. A voltmeter and multi-tester may also prove invaluable for successful electrical work.