Four Ways to Prepare for Your Upcoming Remodeling Project
Set Your Home Up for Success
A home remodel or renovation is an exciting time! But before the project kicks off, there are several steps you should take to ensure things go as smoothly as possible. This is the part of the renovation that may be the least fun but also the most essential.
As with most things in life, planning and preparation are key. With the right amount of foresight and organization, you can minimize inconveniences and stay focused on all the positive possibilities.
Communication is one of the most critical factors in your remodel. That includes communication between you and your contractor and communication within your family. In both areas, the goal is to manage expectations and see things through to a rewarding outcome.
Here are just a few things you’ll want to discuss:
• Your budget
• Your timeline
• Your schedule
• Any questions or concerns you have along the way
• Your expectations, including shifting expectations or needs
• Your family’s routines and how they might be disrupted or amended
• How to keep everyone safe and supported throughout
Don’t be afraid to keep communicating, asking questions, and checking your project’s progress. Your contractor and remodel team will be more than happy to keep you updated. In fact, the more communicative you are, the better chance they have of delivering precisely what you need.
Organizing your home before a renovation is one of the most important steps. It’s also one of the least glamorous and exciting. It can help to think of it as an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. For example, preparing your house for a remodel is a great time to declutter, donate, or sell items you no longer need.
Organizing your home might include the following:
• Clearing out the entire remodel area
• Emptying cupboards, drawers, closets, etc.
• Moving furniture
• Putting items in storage or a POD
• Creating a renovation-free zone where your family can gather
In addition to organizing your home, you’ll want to manage other details, like getting any temporary stations prepared, checking the weather, as well knowing and defining your expectations with your remodel team before you begin.
Consider Your Routine and Lifestyle
Before you can enjoy your new home, there will be some minor inconveniences first. Take a close look at your family’s routines and habits to determine how the renovation will impact and alter your lives.
Questions to answer before starting your renovation:
• Will we remain in the home or stay elsewhere?
• Will our pets stay in the home or elsewhere? How will we keep our pets safe and secure if they stay in the house?
• What are the best start and end times for the day’s work?
• Do we have a specific plan for keeping the kids safe, including child safety gates, electric outlet covers, keeping them away from tools, etc.?
• Are we prepared for possible electrical or water outages?
Preparing for every possible scenario means you’re never caught off guard, and your family is minimally disrupted. To stay positive, keep reminding yourself how much your new home will improve your everyday lives!
Prepare to Get Messy
As you might expect, home renovations can involve a good deal of dust and noise. Both can be problematic if you aren’t sufficiently prepared. How affected you’ll be by the (controlled) chaos goes back to your routine and lifestyle.
This disruption might be minimal if everyone is outside the home working or at school most of the day. If you have family members working from home, you’ll want to take extra care to prepare.
You can manage the disruption and the noise by:
• Coordinating ZipWall locations with your contractor
• Cordoning off the specific areas of the home
• Planning to mitigate noise beforehand
• Investing in some good noise-canceling headphones
• Finding a temporary away-from-home office on particularly noisy days
• Redirecting your home’s airflow with the help of your contractor
The end product will be more than worth it, but navigating home renovations can be challenging. The more you communicate with your contractor, the more you’ll know what to expect. Ask plenty of questions so you and your family can stay safe, comfortable, and sane throughout the process.
Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying everything your “new” home has to offer! With the dust settled, your family can get back to their regular routines while enjoying a living space that’s refreshed, revitalized, and brimming with possibilities.