Whether you’re getting ready to undergo whole home remodel or doing a minor update to your kitchen or bath, there are things you can do to make it go as smoothly as possible. If you have hired your remodeler and you’re just waiting to get started, here are the things you should do before they arrive and during the remodeling process. Your home remodeler wants the job to go smoothly too and will appreciate your help.
1. Store Away Valuables
As your home remodeler comes in and out of your home, they may be bringing large boards and heavy items. Accidents happen. Pictures are knocked off walls. Dirt is tracked in. If you can roll up area rugs, take pictures down and store away any fragile items, this will lessen the chance of breakage. Look at the walls that they’ll be working on, even pictures on the other side of the wall may rattle around. Also remember how much dust there will be in your home. If you have something valuable that you rather not be seen by any contractor or sub-contractor coming into your home, put it away. Although many contractors background check their employees and are bonded, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
2. Have a Plan for Kids and Pets
Contractors make multiple trips in and out of the home daily. They shouldn’t have to keep an eye on your pets or children as they come and go. If you can put your dogs in a part of the home that isn’t affected or treat them to doggie daycare during the project, it would be appreciated. Kids safety should be a priority for you as well and keeping them not only out of the work space but also out of the flow in and out of the home helps.
3. Check Work Progress Daily
Although there will inevitably be hiccups, you can help minimize their impact and project delays by speaking up if you see something you’re concerned about. No matter how small the issue may seem, if it’s not what you thought it would be, bringing it up when you notice it. From little things like not seeing an outlet where you expected to see one to big things like the wrong cabinet arriving at your home, speak up.
If you’re still in the planning phases, talk to your contractor about what you can do to make the job go more smoothly for them. Communication is the key to a successful remodel. The more you communicate before, during and even after the project, the happier you and your home remodeler will be.