Renovating and improving your home is usually done in spring or summer when people have some spare time and decide they want new floors, windows, walls, furniture and so on. To save the most time and money you need to have a detailed plan of what you are going to do. A plan is necessary even if you are leaving all the hard work to hired professionals. This is the only way you will know what to expect when all the home improvements are over.
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There are a lot of things to do. Old unusable bathrooms need a completely new plumbing system, rotting floors need to be replaced with new ones, walls need to be repainted or covered with fresh wallpaper and so on. But don’t just do things randomly, you need to put task in a specific order. First check the floors, then the electric and plumbing systems, radiators and other heaters, and finally, windows, doors and new wallpaper or paint.
Electricity and Plumbing
Changing your electric installations includes getting new cables, in-wall installations, and finally, sockets and plugs. The job isn’t simple, it’s going to take four or five days so that’s why it would be wise to finish it before other improvements.
Changing your plumbing system happens in the bathroom and the kitchen. This work includes the replacement of steel pipes in walls with plastic ones. This is the best way to prevent the bursting of old pipes and water leakage through walls. Such complications would not only harm you, but your neighbors as well, so make sure you have that covered.
The replacement of pipes is charged per square meter and usually goes around 150 to 200 dollars, and the work takes 2 days to be complete. Replacing your entire plumbing system also includes sewage pipes which would cost you another 50 to 100 dollars, but the price depends on whether you are installing a shower cabin or a tub, the type of bars being replaced and other factors.
Now that you finished all the electricity and plumbing renovations, it’s time to move on to the bathroom. Taking down the tiles and replacing them with new ones will take about a day. It’s not a very difficult task but be prepared for a lot of noise and dust.
The next step is installing hydro-insulation. This will ensure that your walls stay nice and dry, with no amount of moisture, also giving the sanitary elements longer durability.
There are two ways to improve the tiles on your bathroom floor and walls. One way is to take the old ones off completely and replace them with ones. The other way is to leave the old ones where they are and glue the new ones over.
Windows and Doors
One way to improve old windows and doors is replacing them with new ones, but if that sounds like too much work you can always make them look better with some lacquer. It will also improve insulation and resistance. The whole process isn’t too difficult if you follow these steps – First, get some sandpaper and thoroughly go over the wood. Then repaint the windows and doors in their original color, or a new one if you prefer. The final stage is applying at least two layers of lacquer. If you wish, you can get new entrance doors as well.
Diana Smith is an author of this article. She is a regular contributor to several home improvement blogs interested in topics related to home renovation on a low budget, cheep but effective decoration, how to choose the right door for your home, DIY and floor wit. In her free time Diana loves to exercise or take a long walks in the park with her dog LuLu.