Are you preparing to do some renovations to your home? Some people prefer to sit back and let the professionals take care of their remodel, but some like to get their hands dirty. They enjoy doing DIY projects, and remodeling a room or entire house could be considered the biggest and most challenging of these projects. If you want to remodel your house on your own, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before you get started.
You’ll also want to be sure you have every part of the project mapped out. One thing many people don’t think about is junk removal. These projects, even ones smaller in scope, do create a lot of debris. Some of this debris cannot go in your city trash bin. This type of debris may also create a safety issue for children, pets, and visitors. Working with Junk King North Texas can help you keep this trash under control.
First, Know What You Can Handle
The first step to doing any major DIY project is to know what you can handle. Do you have experience doing any form of construction? Do you have and fully understand how to use the specific power tools that you’ll need? Are you ready to learn how to hang drywall, seal up a shower, or install tile? If you aren’t fully confident in your skills, consider outsourcing at least part of the project. It’s better than creating a big mess that you have to pay someone to come fix. You don’t have to hire someone to do everything, of course, just the areas that you’re not comfortable doing.
Three areas you should always hire a professional to do unless you’re a licensed expert yourself are electrical, gas, and plumbing. Yes, you can install a new light fixture yourself fairly easily, but if you’re going to move any electrical lines, run new plumbing, or move a gas line, it has to be done correctly and according to building code. Otherwise, you’re putting yourself and your family in serious danger.
Incorrectly ran electrical lines can start a fire, while gas lines that aren’t installed correctly could result in a leak. Even if you do it correctly, you could still be fined or have to redo everything if you sell the house because you didn’t pull the correct permits or get an inspection done.
Junk Hauling may be something you determine you can’t handle. It requires having a truck that can hold all of the debris, plus you have to haul it all to the landfill. It’s a lot of work, and at the end of the day, you may not want to deal with it. Fortunately, Junk King is here to do this part of the project for you.
Second, Understand the Process
If this is your first DIY remodel, you may not be fully aware of every step that goes between demolishing your current space and putting the finishing touches on the finished remodel. There’s a lot of work that goes into it, and it can help to break the project down into phases so you know exactly what needs to be done each step of the way.
For example, the physical work of a project does typically start with demolition, but there’s a lot of work to do before then. You need to have very accurate measurements, draw up a blueprint, order materials, hire any contractors you will need for things you’re not equipped to do, pull permits, and much more. Jumping right in and destroying your kitchen or bathroom may result in living with a mess for weeks or even months.
By breaking down the project into smaller tasks, you will be better able to have everything lined up for each phase. You’ll know when you need to have us scheduled for junk removal, when you’ll need to have certain materials on hand, and when you can expect everything to be done. Without a plan like this, you could start the project and then deal with constant delays or other issues.
Have a Firm Budget
Early on, perhaps even before you start doing any other planning, you need to take a look at your finances and set a firm budget. While you may later need to revise that budget based on costs, you still need to know what you can realistically spend. You don’t want to go into major debt on a renovation, nor do you want to find yourself unable to pay bills or make necessary purchases because you over-spent on tile or other materials.
Once you have a ballpark idea of what you may need to spend on the different materials involved in your project, you can solidify your budget. Remember to hold back a little bit for unexpected costs and emergencies. Professionals usually put ten to twenty percent of their overall budget in a contingency fund for these unanticipated expenses. You may open the walls only to find that your plumbing or electrical needs to be replaced. You could find that your subfloor is so damaged you have to replace sections of it. There are many different issues that can add to your project, so having some emergency funds is never a bad idea.
Consider Splitting the Project into Parts
One thing you may realize when thinking through your schedule and looking at your budget is that you have a lot planned. Major remodels that touch all or nearly all of your home are a lot of work, and they can take months. You may even have to move out at some point in order to complete some of these projects. That can be a lot.
Instead, you may want to consider splitting your project into several parts. This will help you schedule and your budget. For example, you may want to renovate your bedroom and en-suite first. This way, you have a space you can retreat to and even live in while you renovate the rest of the home. Once this is done, you can remodel the other bathrooms in the home later. If you try to do them all at once, you may find that you have no functioning bathroom in the house, and that can be a major inconvenience.
Remodeling all or most of a house brings up additional challenges such as where all of your furniture goes. You may have to rent a storage pod or other space, and that will eat into your budget. By doing your remodel in phases, you may be able to simply move your furniture into other rooms, saving time and money.
When Should You Call Us?
Here at Junk King, we know you need to get rid of debris as soon as possible. Scheduling us in advance will ensure that we can be there when you need us, so it’s always best to call in advance. With home renovation projects, you may need us twice. Much of your debris will be created when you demolish the old space. You’ll certainly want us to come after that to clear away all the debris so you have space to work.
However, you may need us to come again later in the project or at the end. You’ll have some additional trash that you create as you go. This will include any packaging and packing materials used to keep your new tiles, counters, cabinets, and other things safe during transit. You’ll also have remnants from cutting tile and other materials to fit along the edges and corners.
Finally, if you do have any unexpected issues, you may have additional old flooring, drywall, tile, and other stuff to get rid of. If there’s not a lot of this debris, you may be able to set it aside for us to pick up at the end of the project. If there’s a lot, you may need us to come and clean it all out so you can continue to work.
Get Rid of Old Appliances, Furniture, and Other Junk at the Same Time
In addition to hauling away all that remodel debris, Junk King can get rid of most anything else you don’t want. If you’re replacing all of your appliances, we’ll haul off the old ones. We can take any old furniture you want to get rid of, too. We can even take other things such as electronics, old hot tubs, mattresses, and yard waste. The only thing we can’t take is hazardous waste. Take the time to make a list of all the things you want to get rid of and have it all done at once. This way, once your project is done, your home will also be junk-free.
You don’t need to physically move any of this junk, either. Our team will haul it out of your home quickly and safely. We do everything possible to make the task of getting rid of junk easy on you. If you’re doing a DIY remodel, you already have enough work on your plate.
Call Junk King North Texas Today
To get a free quote or learn more about what Junk King offers, call us today at 1-888-888-JUNK or send us a text to 1-737-888-5865.