Whenever we decide to renovate a part of the property, no matter how delighted we are with the end result, there is always a mountain of mess and debris to deal with, and aside from a small minority, the local builder will leave that to the customer. If you have had your windows replaced, for example, you are likely to find bits of softwood and timber screws embedded in the borders, and there could also be the odd empty tube of silicone, a major component of window installation. If this is the first time you have had any major work done at home, and you are dreading the eventual clean-up, here is some good advice to ensure that all turns out well.
- Hire a Skip – There’s no point in messing around, and any space left in the skip can be filled up with unwanted items that we all seem to accumulate over the years. If you happen to live in NSW, there are affordable skip bins in Sydney at Bins Skips Waste and Recycling, a family owned business with down to earth prices. There is a wide range of sizes, and if you are unsure, explain the project to the skip supplier, who can recommend the right skip for the job.
- Plenty of Cleaning Materials – You and your team (you will need help) must have adequate supplies, which would include rags, mops and buckets, brooms and dustpans, and some glass cleaner, and also some scouring pads, oh, and you must not forget the quintessential bin bags, which are always needed. If it is a big clean up after major renovations, you might need a wheelbarrow and some shovels, and don’t forget refreshments for the workers, who will certainly need some sustenance. If you would like a detailed checklist for spring cleaning the home, there are informative blogs on the topic.
- Assess the Damage – Assuming, of course, there is more than just a matter of cleaning up, one should assess the damage and decide on the best course of action. If you feel the contractor didn’t fulfill his part of the bargain and left in a hurry, why not call him and ask him to take a look for himself? No one can argue with the facts, but failing that, make sure you don’t use his services in the future.
- Golden Opportunity – If ever there was a time to spring clean the home, this would be it, and with a little planning and a suitably sized skip, you can have all the carpets deep cleaned, and if the budget stretches that far, why not redecorate as well.
All you need is a little organization, a team of willing helpers and an empty skip, to successfully clean up after a major renovation, and with a winning attitude, your home will soon be spic and span. If you need any help sourcing a local skip hire company, an online search will point you in the right direction.