A Home Remodeling Survival Guide
Your Home As A Construction Site
You've researched, interviewed, and hired the best contractor for the job. Congratulations! The only step that remains, of course, is the project itself.
Adapting To Your Home As A Work Site
Having your home remodeled is uniquely different from having a new home built. With remodeling, your home becomes the worksite. You live side-by-side with the project from start to finish.
Once construction begins, you'll probably long for simple pleasures like a dust-free home or a fully functioning kitchen or bath. But the end result will be well worth these inconveniences. The rest of this section is designed to ensure that you arrive there with your sanity intact.
Communicate With Your Contractor Often
Consistent and open communication between you and your contractor will enhance your understanding of the project, provide an opportunity to exchange ideas, and ultimately help to make the experience a positive one for everyone involved.
To facilitate this process, you need to:
One way to ensure the success of your project is to plan for and actively participate in a pre-construction meeting. This allows your contractor to clarify procedures and explain how the job will progress. It also offers both you and your contractor an opportunity to prepare for those issues that may arise later. You should think of this meeting as a forum for all participants to define their expectations and agree on the anticipated outcome.
Some of the issues you may wish to cover at this meeting include:
You should also use the pre-construction meeting to establish guidelines for the remodeling crew working on the project:
Schedule And Time Your Project Carefully
The time it takes to complete a remodeling project varies quite a bit depending on the scope of the project and uncontrollable factors like the weather. A simple bathroom alteration may only take a few weeks, while a two-story addition may take six months or more. To stay on schedule, you need to plan ahead:
Realize that changes you make to the project after work has begun may affect the schedule and the budget. Change orders should include prices, full descriptions, and authorization in writing before any new work begins.
Coping With The Trauma
The “open house” atmosphere surrounding a home alteration worksite can lead to remodeling anxiety. The main symptom of this temporary affliction is feeling a loss of control that results from disrupted routines and the impact on your personal space.
The best way to prevent this fever is to prepare well, remember that "this too shall pass," and focus on the progress being made. A few other suggestions from remodeling pros:
Of course, if the scope of your home alteration is large, it may be impossible for you to continue living in the home during the construction and you may have to make arrangements to live elsewhere for a few weeks or months.
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