Saturday, October 19, 2013

Preparing for the Construction of Your Remodel - Part 1

After all the decisions have been made and a time frame has been agreed upon for your remodel, it’s time for the magic to happen – which may not always seem so magical at first.

Remodeling takes time; and at points during your project, your home will look like it’s been torn apart (because in most cases, it has). Taking steps to prepare and stay organized will help you survive…and don’t worry; it’ll all be worth it when you’re standing in your newly remodeled room.

Here are some tips to stay sane through it all:

Keep files handy

During this whole process, you’ll be interacting with many people. Keep names and phone numbers handy in case you need to reach out to anyone to discuss matters related to the project. Also, keep track of contracts, agreements and warranty information and any other important details in case you need to refer back to them at any time.

Plan for disruption

Despite what your home remodeling channels depict, large projects are not weekend jobs. That means your kitchen or bathroom may be off limits for a while. If you must live at home during the remodel, plan ahead for adjustments: mini fridge, moving the microwave to another room, stocking up on bottled water and disposable dishware, preparing for easy meals, keeping earplugs handy, etc. If you do plan to stay elsewhere, make sure you’re not too far away so you can keep tabs on your project, and are reachable in case of emergencies.

Protect your home

With remodeling project come temporary messes. It’s always a good idea to proof your home as best you can by removing anything fragile from the area, covering furniture and other belongings in adjacent rooms (the dust will be flying). Know that it’s not safe for the team of contractors to work without shoes on, so if you don’t want footprints in certain areas of your home, discuss this openly with your project manager and they’ll work something out.

These are just a few of the many ways you can prepare for your remodel…we’ll go over more in part 2. Please know that if you have any questions regarding your remodel preparation, we’re always happy to discuss them.

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