You’ve been wanting to remodel your home for a while, and you’re finally getting the chance. Just thinking about what it’s going to look like is fun and exciting. However, you know it’s going to take time, lots of time, to fit everything together perfectly. On top of that, thinking about all the disruption, the noise and nosy questions from your neighbors might cause you to think that you’re not ready to go through with it. Don’t get frazzled. Maintain control by using these three tools in your remodeling arsenal: knowledge, organization, and patience.
Knowledge: Start by consulting a licensed contractor who has expertise in the type of remodeling that you would like to do. Discuss the specifics of your remodeling needs, your time frame, and your budget. Ask him to clarify what materials they will provide and what they expect you to provide. Have the contractor write down a detailed plan and timeline so you can keep track of each step of the project. Be sure to tell him if you prefer the crew to work on certain days or during a specific time range. Do not hesitate to ask any questions if you need anything to be clarified.
Organization: The next thing you should do is to agree on a date for the remodeling to begin. You will need time to prepare the site. This will require your removal of things that are hanging on the walls like pictures and posters. The room to be remodeled should be empty except for the permanent fixtures on the walls. Store the items that you have removed in another space apart from the work site like the closet, a spare room, the garage, or an attic. If you plan to remain at home during the remodel, make sure that you and your family members do not get in the way of the crew. If you need a kitchen, you will need a place with sinks, shelves and outlets. If there is no room for you to stay in your house, store the things that you removed in another room, close the door, and stay in a hotel or a friend’s house.
Patience: One of the most important things you will need to have is patience. There will be many challenges during the remodel. You will need to be courteous to the work crew and allow them space to work. If you interfere too much or rush them in their job, you will get inferior results. There might be unexpected setbacks like materials that are missing, delays, damaged items, etc. Losing your temper won’t solve any problems. Just be patient and seek a solution together.
When you are armed with knowledge and organization, it will help you to be patient and calm. When you look at the beautiful results, the remodeling journey will be well worth it. You will enjoy your new space for many years to come, and the challenges will be long forgotten. If you want to learn more, contact us.