How to Prepare Your Home for Elevator Installation
You've ordered your home elevator, and you can't wait for installation. In the meantime, you feel like you should be doing something to prepare your home. There is plenty you can be doing to prepare your home for installation. If you prepare you home adequately, installation will be far easier, faster, and effective. Follow these tips to start preparing now.
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Adequate Space – First things first, make sure that there is adequate space to install the elevator where it is intended to go. If there is not enough room for the installation team to work, then your home will be at risk of being damaged. Move hall tables, remove pictures from the walls, and take down drapes. Installing an elevator is not a simple task, and you don't want to worry about your furniture or decor. The fewer items there are in a room and on the walls, the better. Plus, if a machine room needs to be built or if a pit needs to be dug, removing furniture from the area will make cleanup a whole lot easier. Don't forget that an elevator will affect a number of rooms in your home. Remove valuables and furniture from the intended installation area on each floor.
Prepare the Infrastructure – This is the hard part. After you've moved the furniture, removed paintings and photographs, and picked up all area rugs, it is then time to prepare for the actual installation. If you are having a traditional cable elevator installed, then you might want to make sure that all light fixtures and wiring are out of the way; this way, when installers arrive, they can go ahead and start assembling the elevator shaft. If you're having a hydraulic elevator installed, go ahead and start cutting through the floors and ceilings where the hydraulic shaft will be placed. Hydraulic elevators are easier to install than cable elevators; if you already have holes measured and cut, installation should only take the better part of a day.
Prepare Your Family – Elevator installation affects everyone in the household, so make sure that everyone knows when installation will take place. If you have younger children, perhaps you should arrange for them to go to a friend's or relative's house for the day. This way, they won't get in the way, and you won't have to worry about them. If you have older children, make sure they pick up their belongings before the installation crew arrives, as you don't want installers tripping over and maneuvering around backpacks, basketballs, and laundry baskets on the day of installation. It is advised that any pets be placed in an undisturbed room or in a fenced backyard during installation; that way, they won't get hurt or cause problems.