How To Prep for a Home Renovation: Guest Post by Horderly.com

Today we are featuring “Horderly”!

Horderly is a professional home organization company serving the East and West Coasts – and will travel anywhere to implement our trademarked systems.

This February, Horderly will be changing the lives of clients in Alabama and Tennessee. If you want to work with a Horderly professional organizer, simply answer a few questions about your project here and we’ll be in touch.

Specializing in decluttering, organizing and unpacking, Horderly will create and help you maintain a steady, functional home and lifestyle.

In honor of our collaboration with The Wills Company, Horderly wanted to give readers our tips and tricks to prep for a home renovation, to make sure you are organized before the dust flies!

Preparing for a home renovation can be stressful, we get it! The bigger the job, the more you need to prep. Prepping now will make putting the puzzle pieces together at the end of install that much easier!

Take Before Pictures

Home renovations are a big deal!

Before everything gets ripped apart, make sure you take a before photos to commemorate the way your space once was. Your older self will thank you when you want to show your kids or grandchildren what your home used to look like!

Declutter

Decluttering before a renovation is crucial, and will make life so much easier when you’re moving items in your new space.

At Horderly, we love to edit. You’ll hear us say this a lot! Editing means deciding which items to keep, toss or donate.

Go through each room that is being renovated and take all items out of where they’re currently living. Touch on each and every item to decide whether you still love it and are using it, or whether it can find a better home at Goodwill.

Don’t forget about any items that have slowly crept their way into another space in your home when ideally they should live in this space as well! For example, should some items that have made their way into the hall closet actually be living in the family room? Are there items in your basement that are overflowing from the kitchen? Make sure you’re keeping the whole house in mind while editing an individual room.

The most important part of editing your space before renovations is so that you know exactly what you have and how much you have of it.

Editing your belongings can really put your realistic goals into perspective!

Donate, Then Take Inventory

Donating lesser-used items will make you feel lighter and your space less cluttered! After you’ve edited your space, make a list of everything you’ve decided to keep – and a list of items you need to purchase or replace once your renovation is almost over.

Look at all of your “keep” items and decide which can be stored away and which need to remain accessible. This will help you determine how much storage space you need to plan on creating in your renovated area!

The goal is to create not only a beautiful new space, but also a functional space that can be easily maintained for your family’s lifestyle.

For example, do you need to reconsider that modern entryway table you’ve been eyeing – with no storage for a custom built-in? Should you give up on the idea that you can do all floating shelves in your kitchen?

Consider which design options or built-ins to add to your renovation plans that will provide a beautiful but functional space for your “keep” items.

Sort, Box Up & Label

Now that you’ve decluttered and taken inventory of all items that need to live in the space being renovated, sort items by type and then box up.

For example, if your kitchen is being renovated, box like-items together and label each box accordingly. This is super important so that nothing gets lost and unpacking can be quick and efficient once your contractors have finished your project.

Don’t Worry

At Horderly, we always like to remind our clients that it gets worse before it gets better! Organizing (especially during renovations) is a journey that our organizers are experts on guiding you through.

Try your best not to stress while your home is being pulled apart during renovations. Trust your contractor and know that by the end of the project you will have a beautiful, new space that your family can enjoy.

When in Doubt, Call the Experts

Whether you need help getting organized pre-renovation, need help putting items back into place post-renovation, or whether you want to spruce up your current space without a demo – Horderly professional organizers can help you declutter every inch of your home.

Feel like you need a bigger space or need to move? Think again! Horderly organizers are experts at making the most of each and every inch of your current home. Creating maximized, functional spaces you love is Horderly’s priority and we’d love to help your home feel like home again.

Horderly will be in Alabama and Tennessee this February and are booking up fast! If you live in the area and want to learn more or book a session, reach out to hello@horderly.com for a free phone consultation to have a professional organizer transform your space.

For more information on all things Horderly and more tips on how to get organized, follow us on Instagram and read along with the #HorderlyHabits series on our blog.

Back to School!

Back to School: Wills Company & Zeitlin Sotheby’s Co-Host a USN Evening Class

We had so much fun last year hosting an Evening Class at University School of Nashville that we’re gearing up for an encore. Back by popular demand, Ridley Wills, Design Director of The Wills Company design/build/handyman firm, and Jessica Averbuch, CEO and owner of Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty, are teaming up for a lively he-said-she-said discussion about renovating a house versus buying a new one. 

Participants are invited to bring photographs and drawings of their current house or their dream house to get the discussion rolling. Or you can just bring a list of questions for a fun and informal conversation about whether it makes more sense to remodel or to buy a new house and move lock, stock and barrel.

What are you looking for in a new house or a remodel? Is that goal achievable at your current address? How much does it cost to add on? What’s the best way to add value to your house? How much house can you buy if you sell your current property? How long will remodeling take? What are the pros and cons of house-hunting in a booming market?

At the end of the day, we’re talking about what you want from a house and what’s the best way to get it.

In fact, this “Love It or List It” dilemma is a debate we have every day at The Wills Company with homeowners seeking to make their homes fit the shifting needs of their families. It’s our favorite conversation, made even more engaging by the participation of our friend Jessica Averbuch, who knows as much about Nashville real estate as anyone we can think of.

So, ask Ridley and Jessica if you should love it or list it, Thursday, January 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at University School of Nashville, 2000 Edgehill Avenue. And if that time doesn’t fit into your calendar, call The Wills Company anytime at 615-352-1228 to talk through what you’re looking for in your house and how we can help you achieve it.

Register here for Ridley and Jessica’s Love It or List It Evening Class.

https://www.eveningclasses.org/Default.aspx?RelID=555867209&ProgramID=2272

For a full roster of USN Evening Classes, visit eveningclasses.org

https://www.eveningclasses.org/default.aspx?RelId=33637

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