When is your home renovation finished? 3 things you still need to do

Home renovations are a costly and stressful process, but are usually worth it and will add value to your property. So now the builders have gone, is your renovation project finally over? After all the upheaval you can’t wait to enjoy your new-look home and get back to a normal routine. But, don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Here are 3 hoops you’ll still need to jump through after the builders clear out.

1 – The clean-up

Once the builders have left and the dust has settled, many underestimate the enormity of the post-renovation clean-up. It’s a huge job! Here are some tips, but if you can’t face the enormity of the big clean-up, hire a professional cleaning company to clear up for you. It’s a cost worth budgeting for.

  • You will need plenty of rags and hoover bags if applicable
  • Remove any stickers left by the workmen
  • Remove any remaining trash and debris
  • Sweep and vacuum all surfaces, including ceilings and walls
  • Vacuum and mop all floors, or vacuum carpets several times
  • Wipe down doors, woodwork, door knobs, handles and insides and outsides of closets and cupboards, plus clean any shelving
  • Dust, vacuum and clean windows and window frames and sills
  • Clean all ducts, vents, blinds and light fittings
  • Vacuum and clean any upholstery that has been covered during the renovation

2 – The finishing touches

The finishing touches can make all the difference to your renovation project. With your eyes held firmly on the enormity of the building work, it’s easy to overlook the last-minute details. Losing your will at the end of the renovation and passing responsibility of the fine details to the hired workmen will invariably disappoint. Make sure you get all of the small details spot on as the renovation draws to a close, then you won’t be left with any loose ends.

3 – Resolve problems with any work

Hardly a renovation goes by without there being one small snag or another. Small problems will inevitably crop up in the months following the renovation. If you used a main contractor for all the work, hold on to a small percentage (usually 2-5 per cent) of the payment until the dust has settled and you’ve had time to properly inspect all of the work.

If you discover any problems, call the relevant contractor back straight away. Be aware that if the problem wasn’t as a result of anything the contractor has done wrong, you may have to pay to get a problem fixed (i.e cracked plaster). If the problem caused is a direct result of their workmanship, they should do the work at no cost. You may want to seek the advice of a legal professional if you find yourself in a building dispute.

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