Home improvement and remodeling projects can be a great way to learn new handy skills, occupy your time with an interesting hobby, and add value and aesthetic appeal to your home. However, the processes and tools involved can also present the risk of accidentally damaging or tarnishing the existing beauty of your property through mishaps or general carelessness.
To make sure all of the surfaces and structures of your home remain safe during your next home improvement project, try heeding the following four tips:
1. Use Heavy Duty Flooring Paper to Protect the Floors
Protecting your floors should be one of the top priorities when carrying out interior renovations. Simply laying down a layer of plastic might not be the best approach, as it won’t be as durable or effective as heavy duty flooring paper like X-Paper. Plus, this paper is easy to apply, it doesn’t shift around or come off, and it provides superior protection against scratches, spills, and splatters.
2. Maintain Optimal Ventilation to Protect Air Quality
There’s no sense in dirtying up the air filters in your home’s central air conditioning system while also causing yourself a headache and/or runny nose. To keep your home’s air and air filters clean, be sure to open all windows and use high-powered fans to promote adequate air ventilation during projects that will create airborne indoor pollutants.
3. Apply Protective Coatings to Keep the Bathtub and Shower Scratch-Free
If you ever plan to sell or rent the home in the near future, you certainly don’t want a scratched tub/shower or one with paint spots and streaks on it. You can find rubbery coatings that are specifically designed to protect the surfaces of bathtubs, showers, and sinks. Taking a little bit of time to apply one of these coatings can save you the hassle and expense of having to do repairs or replacements later on.
4. Use Wood Chips to Cover Muddy Walkways
Some projects will have you walking in and out of your home to perform tasks in the yard or garden area. Instead of creating a messy and potentially hazardous situation with your indoor flooring, you can just cover the muddy walkway with wood chips to keep the mud off of your shoes. Using a tarp or plywood to cover the mud might work for a little while, but a single hole in the tarp and a bit of pressure on the wood will have the surface muddy again in no time.
Don’t Create Another Job For Yourself
Ultimately, taking the four steps above is something that every homeowner, handyman, or professional remodeler should take to keep themselves from creating additional work, unnecessary expenses, and unsatisfactory renovation results. Plus, if you’re planning on showing the property to prospective buyers or tenants, you don’t want to create an additional asterisk or problem point that will tarnish the overall appeal of the property. It should only take about 10-20 minutes to set up these precautionary measures and you’ll be happy you did in retrospect.