What to Expect During a Remodel

Posted by Devon Shryock

Remodeling any part of your home is a big step, and can be a much longer process than predicted. Although the anticipation of a prettier home and lifestyle improvement can make you want to get started ASAP, it is often smart to get an idea of what to expect during a remodel first. Having the right expectations makes it easier to get started and can even make the whole process go faster overall!

1. Dust
While remodeling is it important to guard against dust. Usually you will find that a fine layer can gather in parts of your home, even if they are far from construction. There are a few ways, however, to keep out as much dust as possible. You can ensure that doorways and stairs are sealed off, make sure all traffic is directed through a designated entrance/exit, and always use floor coverings where work is being done.

2. Living in Your House During the Remodel
When you are remodeling an area, it can seem like the space has been turned upside down. It is important to keep in mind that the space you are remodeling is a part of the home you need to function in every day, and necessary precautions to maintain order should be taken.

Before construction starts, make a plan of how you are going to relocate the space that is being worked on. If, for example, you are remodeling the kitchen, make sure you have a space to put everything you need in order to still have a temporary and functioning kitchen. If you are remodeling a main bathroom, consider adding a temporary one outside for the convenience of the workers and your family.  

3. Staying in Close Communication With the Contractor
Before even getting started is important that you make all expectations clear to the contractor. Have plans and documents written up that communicate your ideas fully. Then you can have a realistic predicted outcome.

Not being able to discuss changes and ideas can also slow down the remodeling process. To prevent that from happening make sure you stay in communication with the contractor through the whole process and know the best way to get a hold of each other. It can save a lot of time in the long run.

4. Miscommunication and Delays
Knowing the time frame for the process of remodeling your home is a very good thing. When making the overall plan and schedule, however, you need to make space for Murphy’s Law. There will be miscommunication with orders or people, and things ordered do get delayed. People make mistakes or get sick and sometimes even bad weather conditions can slow things down. In order to minimize stress, leave extra time for hiccups in your master plan.

5. Highs and Lows
In any big project there are highs and lows. There will be times when certain things that you would never expect to take long, take ages to complete. There will also be times when it all seems too stressful to continue but you know you can’t quit.

There are times, however, when the placement of the last few tiles, or the installment of the light fixture you were obsessed with for weeks, makes it all worth while. Suddenly, you have your own creation and plan showcased right in front of you. It finally seems like the hard work has really paid off.


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