Home Renovation: A Plan and The Budget
Before I go on about the remodeling, I had to write about how we approached this. Moving is a lot of work but stack on remodeling before moving in, there’s another level of stress. It has affected my overall memory and I find that I usually lose track of things. Maybe it’s just old age but we have a way to get around it.
Paul had this ingenious idea to jot down what had to be done before we moved in on small pad of Post-It notes and stick it up on a flat surface — in this case we used a framed print. We wrote things that had to be done before moving like replace ALL the flooring (see previous post) and paint. We wrote things we would like to have done but not necessary: get storage for the backyard, install new toilet. And we even included the obvious (fill out change of address forms, contact SDG&E) just in case it fell through the cracks.
The purpose for the Post-it notes was to move it around the board as we finished things. Or add something if it came up. The individual Post-It notes are easy to move around, remove or add as necessary. Once something got completed it got a check mark and moved to the top of the frame.
So far it’s working great and nothing has slipped past us… yet.
As for our budget, we set a goal of $10,000 to have everything done (not counting kitchen appliances). So far it looks doable but we are fast approaching the limit. (Gulp.)
For all you curious, here’s a list of things we have so far in no particular order:
- Schedule movers - done
- Transfer of utilities (SDG&E, cable/internet)
- Buy paint – done
- Vacate belongings in storage – done
- Paint downstairs (living room/kitchen/pantry/bathroom) – done
- Paint upstairs (bedrooms/bathroom/hallway)
- Schedule acoustic popcorn removal – done
- Get estimates for loft conversion – done
- Buying flooring – done
- Install flooring
- Garage sale
- Buy toilet seats
- Change of address forms (USPS)
- Accumulate moving boxes
- Buy appliances (refrigerator/washer/dryer/stove/dishwasher)
- Fix weird closet
There’s still a lot to do before moving day, like the rest of the painting. I’m happy to say the ghastly seafoam green in the kitchen is now but a memory (see photo below). If you think Paul and I would stick with seafoam green, you don’t know us very well.