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Putting sweat equity into a recent house that you purchased can make all the difference to your bottom line. Depending on the project, a contractor can cost thousands of dollars. Common pitfalls that house flippers run into when renovating a property is sticking to the original budget. One way to give yourself more of a financial cushion when renovating a house is to do some or all of the work yourself. While HGTV makes real estate look like rainbows and butterflies, if not. Things can happen while on the job. Renovating a house can be a huge and daunting project. Even the most experienced house flippers and homebuyers sometimes injure themselves while fixing things up. Today, we will review the most common injuries that can happen when renovating a house and how to avoid them.

Thrown-out back

Outside of flipping houses, a thrown-out back is one of the most common back injuries out there. When renovating a house, you are required to put your body in different and challenging positions. The more flexible you are, the less likely you are to get injured. Unfortunately, not all of us are born with naturally limber bodies. People that renovate houses oftentimes throw out their backs when lifting heavy objects. Typically, it is not always the weight that is the downfall. The awkward shapes and sizes of different objects can throw people off. They approach these objects in an awkward fashion and forget the basics. “Lift with your knees, not your back” goes out the window.

At some point, a home renovator will likely pick up something large and heavy, such as a toilet. sometimes, the object doesn’t need to be moved very far. Other times, you will need to carry a toilet up three flights of stairs. Now, do you see why throwing your back out is pretty easy to do when renovating a house? There are a few ways to avoid this common injury when house flipping. The goal is to be proactive. To start, stretch before you begin renovating the property. the looser that your body is, the less likely you are to throw your back out. If your back is already feeling stiff, visit your local chiropractor. Most home renovation projects are on a time crunch. To avoid turning stiffness into a full-blown injury, treat your body with chiropractic care.

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Bruised fingers

Your fingers are some of the most vulnerable extremities on your body when flipping houses. Think about it. How close are you to hitting your finger each time you swing that hammer? Bruising a finger is one of the most common injuries that happens every day on home renovation job sites. No matter how many times you’ve swung a hammer in the past, if you are not paying attention, you might miss the nail. It can happen in a split second. Oftentimes, this event occurs when there is a lot going on around that person. Job sites get extremely busy. It’s easy to lose focus and accidentally bruise your finger with a hammer. If you bruise your finger badly, you may be out of commission for a few days. What are some things that you can do to avoid this from happening?

First off, wear gloves. Naturally, a glove softens the blow of any blunt object. Make sure that the gloves are not too loose, to avoid anything getting tangled. Gloves also help with avoiding blisters if you are planning on using a hammer consistently throughout the day. Another way to avoid bruising your fingers is to take things slow. Take a deep breath, and know that there is no rush. Go at a pace that makes you comfortable to avoid injuries in the future.

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Pulled shoulder

Shoulders are extremely delicate areas of the body. This is especially true when moving objects around and over your head. Along with lifting heavy objects, a home renovation requires you to move things above your head and shift them around constantly. For example, you may be installing shelving or kitchen cabinets. Both of these items require you to hold things above your head for long periods of time. These motions make your shoulders extremely vulnerable. If you make the wrong move too fast, you can tweak or pull a ligament in your shoulder area.

To avoid injuring yourself in this part of your body, stretching is also key here. Start your day off slow and do not lift anything above your head that is too heavy until you are warmed up. You can warm up your arms by doing small exercises or stretches before getting started. An injured shoulder can be the end of your home renovation project. Do your best to warm up this part of your body before lifting things that are too heavy.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, injuries will continue to happen during home renovations. However, there is a lot that we can do to keep our bodies in shape, warmed up, and loose. Movement is key before putting our bodies in difficult positions and lifting heavy objects. Slow and steady wins the race. Although your home renovation project is likely on a sharp deadline, don’t forget to warm up slowly before going full speed ahead during your house flip.

Renovation is an exciting time for every household. The anticipation of looking at the changed layout and landscape of your house and the first look at the modified furnishings can make you wait for it. But at the same time, it is stressful too. Whether it is a short project, such as fitting a bathtub in the bathroom or a complete makeover of your kitchen, it can potentially disrupt your daily routine. Therefore, before starting a renovation project, you have to plan all the details extensively.

The meetings with the contractor, the designer, and the architect can take a lot of your time. But they are also the inevitable part of a home renovation project. Anything going wrong in the planning stage can severely impact the progress of the project in the later stages of execution and actual timelines. One of the things to consider before a renovation project starts is to decide where the extra stuff goes during the refurbishment period. A careless mishandling can make you pay for your belongings, making your renovation project very expensive overall. If you have started the construction in the multiple parts of the house, you have to carefully plan for all your belongings which used to be at those places. Here are some tips to help you take care of your stuff during a home renovation project.

Keep The Extra Stuff In A Storage Unit

This is the easiest way to take extra stuff off your shoulders. You can rent a self storage facility to put everything that you don’t need in the house during the time of your renovation. For instance, if you are making a partition to make space for your kid’s room, put the extra furniture in the storage unit. Similarly, some people buy construction material in bulk when they get reasonable rates. For instance, you might have been buying tools and materials for some time now.

Purge The House

House renovation is the best time when you can purge your house to eliminate all the unnecessary stuff. Visit all the rooms of your house and see the stuff that is not needed anymore. You can carry out a deep clean of your drawers and cupboards.

Make piles of the stuff depending on their category. It could be clothes, shoes and other accessories from the room. You might have a lot of toys that your kid no longer plays with. Your kitchen and bathroom often hide useless and extra stuff like old plastic containers, expired medicines, and more. Give others a chance to give a second life to your stuff which is still useable. You have two options, send the useable stuff like old clothes, toys, etc., to the nearby charity organization. You can sell the stuff in yard sale as well.

Designate A Room For The Extra Stuff

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If you are hesitant about renting a storage unit to save some money or have a big house to manage the stuff, the easiest way is to designate a room in the house to keep the extra things. This way, you can keep things out of your way when construction and remodeling happen in the house. Ensure the room is dust and moisture-free so that all possessions such as furniture or machinery remain out of harm’s way. You can choose any free spot of the house. It could be the guest room, your kid’s entertainment room, or a spot in the basement.

You can keep the room locked all the time to make sure everything remains safe, even with many outsiders working in the house. Invest in a high-quality lock that will surely cost you less than the storage unit.

Rent A Portable Storage Container

Some neighborhoods allow placing a portable storage container in the locality. If you live in such as area, you can hire a portable storage container to keep everything near you. If the container is placed in your compound, you can access the stuff whenever you want. This way, you also keep your things in front of your eyes and ensure they are safe. This type of container is most suitable when you intend to empty your entire house for renovation.

Put the valuables in a bank locker

If you have gold and other precious gems in the house, it is better to put them in a locker in the bank for safekeeping. You should also take care of the important documents related to your business or personal life like passports. This way, you can rest assured that nothing will happen to them during the chaos of home renovation.

For the safety of your belongings during home renovation, you can rent a storage unit or take the help of a portable storage container. You can also get rid of extra stuff by giving it to a charity or selling it in a yard sale. It can be a tough procedure, so let this guide lead the way!