Prepare for Remodeling Realities
Your makeover can be an exciting and wonderful adventure, especially if you are prepared for the realities of remodeling. Here are a few tips for making your project more enjoyable if you plan to live in your house during construction.
- If you are remodeling your kitchen, arrange in advance for your contractor to set up a temporary kitchen somewhere near a water source. That may be outside, in the garage or near a bath or laundry room.
- Plan ahead where incoming materials for the project will be stored, as well as where to put personal items being removed from the space being worked on and how to access them.
- Understand that the work likely will extend into other areas of your home. Workers may need to hang protective sheeting or lay floor protection along pathways to the work area.
- Even with the best dust control, some dust may escape and settle in other areas of your home.
- Unexpected situations may arise. Contractors and designers do their best to anticipate possible problems, but materials arrive late or damaged, surprises are hidden behind walls and subcontractors fall ill. Having a good team working for you should help the project go smoothly, and you can relax more easily if you expect that there will be some unanticipated issues.