If you're ready to start a remodeling project the right mindset will be your saving grace because the decision to remodel a part of your home is not only exciting and nerve-wracking; it’s a significant financial investment and can be a disruption to your normal daily routine.
Knowing what to expect throughout the process can make you feel better prepared before the project even starts.
The first thing you'll want to determine is if you'll remain in your home during the renovation or if you'll want to find temporary housing. If you'll be remaining in your home here are a few ways you can prepare.
Prepare for Inconvenience
There is no way around it. If you're planning an extensive remodel of your kitchen, bathroom or living space, or planning an addition for your home there will be a period of time the project causes a disruption to your daily routine. In addition to the contractors in your home, you may have the inability to use the space being remodeled. For example, if you are planning a kitchen remodel, dedicate another space of your home to serve as your kitchen, complete with appliances such as a hot plate, coffee maker, microwave, toaster oven, slow cooker and mini-fridge.
Prepare for Mess
Construction is messy. If you can, it is highly recommended to close off the construction area from the rest of the house to limit the spread of dust, dirt and debris. Contractors usually do this but if they don't, closing off spaces will help considerably. Move your valuables to a spot far from the remodel to ensure they stay clean and safe from damage.
Prepare for Noise
Depending on the project, there may be a lot of noise. If you work from home or have a child who naps during the day, it may be best to find a place farther from the work site to ensure a quieter environment.
Prepare for Remodeling Fatigue
It is very common to feel excited at the beginning and a bit “over it” somewhere in the middle. This remodeling fatigue is normal – there are a lot of decisions to make, questions being asked, checks to write and an influx of people in your home. Never mind the fact that the space you are remodeling may be unusable. Know this is a normal frustration. Your contractors aren’t trying to annoy you when they ask you questions, instead they are working to ensure the finished product is everything you hoped for and more. This remodeling fatigue will lift when you have your space back.
Prepare for Delays
Delays unfortunately do happen. From materials taking longer to arrive to unexpected surprises. It is important to account for the potential for delay in your project time-frame.
Prepare your Budget
Remodels often come with a decent price tag. As the homeowner, you are making this financial investment in your home, so it is important to decide on a budget and stick to it. Make sure your budget is enough to cover the project and account for the unexpected.
Once you've decided you're ready to move forward with your remodeling project, research and contact a few local contractors to determine who you trust and who has experience doing the work you want done. For more on this see our guide: What You Need To Know Before You Hire a Contractor