How to Prepare for a Major Home Remodel

Remodeling your home is a great way to increase your home’s value and update your space to meet your family’s needs. Remodeling can also be stressful. Whether you’re choosing new countertops, trying to climb around displaced furniture, or attempting to cook while your kitchen is being renovated, there are probably many things on your mind. Even though your contractor will be handling the heavy lifting, you and your family will still need to prepare for the project to get underway. Here are a few tips and tricks to remember when prepping for a large scale home remodel.

Choose the right season for remodeling: You may think that it really doesn’t matter when you remodel, but there are some projects that are better left for a specific season.  For example:

  • Spring: Choose projects that focus on the outside, such as replacing windows or painting the exterior.
  • Summer: Choose outside projects, such as roof replacement, deck building, sidewalk, patio and driveway construction.
  • Fall: Choose projects like home winterization, chimney repair and exterior painting.
  • Winter: Focus on interior projects like replacement flooring, painting or bathroom fixture replacement.

These are some general suggestions-it's important to ask contractors for their recommendations to figure out which solution will work best for you.

Should You Stay at Your Home During Remodel?

In many cases, it is easier for a family to vacate their home during the project. However, taking a vacation a great distance away can be tough because it's important for your contractor to be able to reach you during remodel. You may want to stay at a family member’s home or a friend’s home while the bulk of the project is going on or at a local hotel; however, nothing says that you must vacate your home during the project.

Family and Remodeling

Some children will be excited at the idea of the remodeling project; however, there are others who might be upset that something they are so familiar with is changing. For younger children, watching all the work being done may be thrilling. You need to talk to your kids before the project begins and let them know what to expect. Keep the conversation upbeat and about the outcome so help your child keep a positive outcome during the process. With all of various aspects of remodels, they can also put stress on a marriage, so it's important to set aside some time to relax and have fun as a family too!

Neighbors and Your Project

Being mindful of your neighbors during the remodel processes is also important. If your property shares a wall with your neighbor or you live in a condo or housing community, you may need to discuss specifics with your neighbors before you begin the remodel process. Paying attention to dust, drainage, and other potential areas where your construction might affect the other families in your area is a great way to be a good neighbor!

From basements, to bathrooms, to full scale remodels, updating your home is a great way to increase your space for enjoyment and up your home’s value. The benefits of taking on a remodel project are many, but it's important to prepare before hand to reduce stress on your family during the project.  To learn more about our remodeling services and view our portfolio, visit our website today!

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