There's a lot to think about when gearing up for a Home Remodeling. Whether you're updating the feel of your home with fresh kitchen and bath finishes, or you're taking it all the way to the studs and starting from scratch, you're never far from a brand new living space. Once you've landed on a design you like, the next step is the build phase - which is less fun but an equally exciting part of the process. Depending on the scope of your project, you are likely to have a few weeks to several months of noise and dust ahead. But in the end everything will be worth it.. As you go into construction, it is important that both you and your home are ready for what is to come. Here are our best tips for preparing for home renovations
Choose point person
One of the best things you can do to maintain your sanity during a remodel is to communicate with your contractor as a primary decision maker. Of course, there are likely to be many people in your household who are providing input and opinion – for example a spouse, family member or co-owner. And of course, you will need to make any design or schedule changes by other project stakeholders. But to keep your project running smoothly, it's a good idea to designate a person who will manage the relationship with the builder and communicate your priorities and decisions. Having too many cooks in the kitchen can lead to mistakes and miscommunication, which can ultimately delay your project. For the most streamlined upgrade experience, choose a point person who is likely to be available during the day for last minute questions.
Clean and Uncluttered
It may seem counterintuitive, but we recommend doing a little spring cleaning before your renovation. Although your home may become dusty during construction, starting with an organized, clean space will help keep the chaos to a minimum. Your manufacturer may agree to help you move large pieces of equipment or furniture out of the way, but you will be responsible for moving smaller items such as decorations and window treatments. Before construction begins is a good time to drop and lower items in your home. Think about what you really want to bring back to the space after the renovation, and let the rest go. When your remodel is over and it's time to go back, you'll be grateful that you did the cleaning and arranging ahead of time.
Decide Whether You're Going Out
It's a bit more complicated. In fact, we have an entire blog post on whether or not to go all out when renovating that can guide you in your decision. Of course, there are pros and cons to either option – but, generally speaking, there are plenty of solid reasons to be off the ground during a major remodel project. If you decide to move into temporary housing during your renovation, be sure to factor those costs into your overall budget and plan ahead.
On the other hand, if you choose to stay in your home during the remodel, you'll need to prepare yourself for the realities of construction within your space, including noise, debris, and considerable foot traffic. Similarly, you will need a day-to-day plan for the times when you will have contractors and traders in your home. Do you intend to work from home? If so, create a quiet(er) place where you can focus, ideally away from obstacles.
Arrange space for your kids and pets
If you have children or animals living with you, it is important to plan how you will keep them safe and engaged during construction. Assuming that you will be living in your home during the remodel, we recommend having a "safe area" for children and/or pets where they can play without getting in the way of contractors and merchants. Make sure they are monitored at all times and that access to work areas is clearly blocked. Having strangers in your home can be dangerous for little ones (and your pets!), so it can help to build a relationship with your contractor from the start, to make sure everyone is comfortable. It can be difficult to stay regular during renovations, but having a consistently safe space can provide comfort during otherwise unpredictable times.