How to start repairing an apartment so that the repair work does not stretch out for an indefinite period, and the end result undoubtedly pleases you, this is what will be discussed in today’s article. Renovation of the apartment requires serious preliminary preparation. The most important point is drawing up a detailed plan for future repairs, taking into account the smallest nuances. Consider, point by point, the advice of professionals on the correct organization of repair work in houses and apartments.
In this article:
- What kind of renovation is needed for your apartment: cosmetic or major
- Decide on the interior design and renovation plan
- Determine the order of room renovation
- Repairs will be carried out independently or with the help of specialists
- Make a list of required materials and tools
- Calculation of expenses
- Free up premises
- Where to start repairing a separate room and what is the order of work
What kind of renovation is needed for your apartment: cosmetic or major
First of all, you need to decide on the complexity and volume of future repairs. To make the apartment bright and clean, sometimes it is enough to carry out cosmetic, superficial repairs: replacing the wallpaper, whitewashing the ceiling, changing the old linoleum, painting the walls, etc.
If you want to completely get rid of everything boring and old, decide on a major overhaul with the replacement of windows, leveling the walls, installing new floors, modern ceilings. Your home will be transformed and become new and beautiful.
You should not refuse the help of experienced specialists when carrying out major repairs. This is especially true for the creation of a modern design for your apartment, including redevelopment and the demolition of some walls and partitions.
Plan renovation work based on your financial capabilities.
Decide on the interior design and renovation plan
First, decide on the interior and design of each individual room that you plan to change in your apartment. You can seek advice from a professional designer, which will slightly increase your total financial expenses for repairs. For rooms where renovation will be carried out, it is necessary to complete detailed drawings of the successive stages of repair work.
We recommend that you complete five detailed renovation sketches for each individual room. In the first drawing, display the top view of the room, and in the other four, each wall. Complete each drawing with a detailed description and a plan for the sequential implementation of repair work, which will avoid omissions and inaccuracies in the work.
When drawing up a repair sketch, it is recommended to indicate:
Think over the location of the furniture. Those walls that will be most conspicuous should be given special attention and the highest quality finish applied.
Think about where it is best to place lamps and chandeliers so that the light illuminates the room as much as possible.
Given the location of the household appliances, indicate the locations for the outlets. To then correctly design the installation of electrical wiring in all rooms.
Consider the location of the main decorative elements: paintings, mosaics, brick walls.
In the repair plan, you need to indicate the desired finishing option: wallpapering the walls, painting, etc. To divide a room into separate zones, designers recommend painting one of the walls in a different color in order to focus on it and visually divide the room. These moments also need to be reflected in the plan.
Determine the order of room renovation
According to the advice of experienced professionals, in order to avoid unnecessary dirt and dust when carrying out repair work, it is recommended to first of all carry out repairs in the rooms farthest from the front door. The final stage of the repair, it is advisable to choose passage rooms and a corridor through which building materials and tools are constantly sweeping. This is necessary in order not to stain or scratch the finish of the already repaired wall, not to damage the new floor.
An additional protection of the repaired room can be cellophane film (fixed on the outside of the door), which will reliably protect the room from construction dirt, dust, plaster, paint, and accidental damage.
Repairs will be carried out independently or with the help of specialists.
Do not perform all repairs yourself. At your request, the execution of all repair work or only the performance of particularly complex repair operations can be entrusted to qualified specialists. Firstly, experience and knowledge will allow them to carry out repair work quickly and efficiently. Secondly, you do not have to additionally buy expensive tools, with the help of which the screed is ideally poured onto the floor or the tiles are laid out.
Even if you find it easy to install an interior door, the slightest inaccuracy is unacceptable here. Of course, you can hang and arrange kitchen furniture, level the walls and paint a little yourself. But trust specialists for more complex repair work so that you do not have to redo it, which can significantly increase your financial costs for repairs.
Make a list of required materials and tools
- After the final choice of the design of the appearance of rooms, furniture and interiors, it is necessary to make a complete list of required building materials. Their number and total cost depends on the volume of repair work and how they are carried out. If the budget allows you, you need to purchase building materials with a small stock.
- Make a separate list of decor items: holders, shelves, mirrors, paintings, etc. Start your purchases with the selected decor elements. If the planned decor element is not available, you can quickly change or draw up a new design version of apartment renovation.
- Make a list of the required construction tools to complete the repair work. To do this, you can use the advice of a sales assistant in hardware stores or qualified repairmen.
Calculation of expenses
When the preparatory work has been done: plans and sketches of the repair have been drawn up, lists of the necessary materials and tools have been prepared, a decision has been made about the possibility of self-repair or with the help of repair specialists, you will be able to calculate the approximate total cost of the planned repair.
You should not rush to buy all the materials when you visit your first store. In the compiled lists of materials and tools, put down the prices of different stores, which will allow you to make purchases at a minimum cost. Carefully consider the choice of repair crew services. Pay special attention not only to the proposed cost of repair work, but also to the feedback from your friends about the quality of repair services.
Free up premises
To protect furniture from damage, construction dirt and dust, collect it in a central area of the room. Then carefully cover with plastic wrap. This will free up access to the walls and ceiling. Move expensive equipment and clothes to other rooms.
Where to start repairing a separate room and what is the order of work
Repair work should start with the most dusty ones: replacing window blocks, window slopes and installing new window sills. This will avoid dirt and dust during painting work, when it is forbidden to open windows in order to avoid temperature extremes and an increase in humidity. When windows, slopes and sills are installed, cover them with plastic wrap or hardboard to avoid accidental mechanical damage and contamination.
Mark the installation locations of additional outlets, make the electrical wiring. Do not install sockets or plug them into the enclosure at this point.
In the case of welding work (for example, when replacing heating radiators), do them at the same time in different places of the apartment in order to quickly complete this dusty and difficult stage of work, sometimes involving breaking walls.
Before repairing walls, floors, ceilings, you must check their condition with a laser or water level. Start by applying the thickest layers of mortar. While they dry, you can carry out other minor repairs without downtime.
After completing this preparatory stage, proceed with the repair work, performing them in the following sequence: repairing the ceiling, walls, floor. First, work is performed using putty, cement, gypsum mixtures. Then they begin work on the installation of the floor, doors, slopes.
Pasting or painting the ceiling.
Wallpapering or painting the walls.
Installation of flooring.
Installation of skirting boards, sills, platbands.