Preparing for and surviving the remodel!

Packing and Preparing

You will need to pack up and store any of your personal belongings that might interfere with the project once construction is under way. Your contractor should take all precautions to protect your belongings; however, cherished items should be removed from the area to avoid unnecessary mishaps. In case of a larger remodel or an addition, you should think about whether you may need an additional storage unit for larger furniture and items.

If you are remodeling a bathroom, set up the items you use daily in another bathroom if possible. If it is a kitchen remodel, you will need to set up a temporary kitchen for food preparation and a comfortable place to eat. If possible, move your refrigerator, microwave, or toaster oven into your temporary space. If it’s nice out, get out the grill! The more organized you are in your temporary kitchen, the less stressed you will feel during the remodeling process. And remember this while you are doing dishes again in the bathtub: it is only temporary!

Setting expectations

Meet with your contractor before construction begins to discuss with him or her the expectations, rules, and guidelines for your project. The more information you discuss early on will help avoid misunderstandings further along in the project. You should let your contractor know what you hope to get from the remodeling experience, and your contractor should help you understand the remodeling process and tell you what expectations are or are not realistic. A remodeling project is new and exciting, but it is not easy; your home is turned upside down to become something you have dreamed of for months or even years. Emotions run high! Remember that the seeming chaos is only temporary, and focus on the progress you can see and measure.

Things to discuss before work begins: Where should the contractor and subcontractors park? Is there a bathroom onsite the workers should use or do you want to rent a port-a-pot? Do you have pets, and how do you plan to take care of them during construction? What time is too early for work to start? Too late for work to finish? How does the contractor plan to protect your home from debris and dust? What areas of the home are off-limits to workers? Are there items in the remodel you wish to salvage (such as lighting fixtures, cabinets, hardware)? The more you communicate with your contractor, the smoother the whole process will be!

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