While the ultimate goal of home renovation is improving your living space, there is always the chance of something going terribly wrong. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the chance of mishaps that end up delaying projects, adding to the cost or leading to disaster. Here are a few tips on how to protect your house during renovations and construction.

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Move It

The best way to make sure you don’t get paint or finish on your furniture is to move it out of the room. Then wait until everything is completely dry before you put it back. Remove decorations and picture frames off of the walls. This has the side benefit of speeding up the painting itself, since you don’t have to set things down to remove them.

If you want to paint or refinish a door, it may be better to remove it from the frame, take it to a dedicated work space, and then apply the coating. Now you can’t accidentally get paint on the door frame or carpets.

Cover It Up Right

If you can’t move it, then covering it up with protective plastic is the second-best option. Remember to cover it up completely so that spilled or splashed paint doesn’t hit the lower third of it and dry before you realize it. If you want clean lines around the window frame, you need to put the right type of tape on the corners.

When you need to protect a floor, use good surface protection; companies like Trimaco have a wide selection of materials that will protect a floor from both impact and casual spills. Some of their floor coverings are as easily laid out as newspaper but are more absorbent, while staying in place as well as painter’s tape.

Don’t forget to cover up bath tubs and showers, too, whether you’re wallpapering, painting or re-tiling a bathroom. This prevents the tub from getting dirty with dust, paint and chemicals while minimizing the chance it is scratched.

Isolate the Area

A good way to minimize the mess-making potential is to isolate the room both from human traffic and debris. When you’re renovating a major room, first make it clear that family, friends and contractors aren’t allowed to walk through during work. You should also put up friction-fit dust barriers to prevent dust from a renovation from spreading to other areas of the home.

If you can’t completely isolate an area, then create formal paths for them to walk on. Then you can contain the debris and mess by letting them walk on protective pathways you’ll remove once the project is done. You could have wood chip paths inside or out if plywood walkways aren’t practical. Booties are another possible solution.

If you want to minimize the risk of the home renovation project requiring touch ups and repairs afterward, you need to invest time and materials into protecting your home. Fortunately, there are already a number of proven ways to ensure that your home looks like the one you’ve always wanted when the work is done.

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