You’re ready to build that kitchen, bathroom or addition you’ve been dreaming of for years. You know the shower you want, which appliances will match your décor and the finishes that will bring it all together.
You’re excited to get that dream project. But maybe you’re just a little scared, too. We’ve all heard the horror stories about remodeling projects that end in disaster and you don’t want that to happen to you.
Here are 7 tips to prepare for and survive your remodeling project.
1. Hire a qualified, professional remodeler
This is the most important part of your remodeling project. Nothing matters more than having the right partner for your remodel. Those new windows or cabinets won’t matter if they’re not installed correctly. A qualified remodeler will help you make the best choices for your space, get ready for your remodel and remove as much of the pain as possible from your remodel.
T.W. Ellis is a licensed and fully insured local contractor, and long-time member of the National Association of Home Builders. Our team has earned multiple certifications, including Certified Master Remodeler, Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Master Green Professional and more.
2. Have your plans done and decisions made
While there may be surprises, try to have all major decisions made by the time the project starts. Changing product choices or delaying selections will only lead to delays during the project.
3. Prepare a temporary kitchen and eating area
If your project involves a large kitchen project, you’re probably going to lose access to your kitchen for days, weeks or months. Find an area in your house that can be set up as a temporary space for preparing meals. At the minimum, that probably means a small refrigerator, water source and a microwave and other small appliances. You’ll also want a table or temporary countertop that can serve as a meal prep area. If you eat most of your meals in the kitchen, think about where you’ll eat during this time.
It’s also a good time to grill out. Along those same lines, save yourself some stress by buying disposable plates, cutlery and cups to use for at least some meals. Add some money to the budget for takeout meals as well.
4. Pack up and simplify
Ahead of the remodel, you’ll want to pack up any easily damaged items in the spaces being renovated, such as good dishes, family heirlooms or electronics. Remove furniture, pictures and other breakable items to be sure they don’t get damaged during the project. It’s also a good opportunity to simplify your life by donating any items you don’t use anymore.
5. Figure out a storage solution
Where are you going to put all that stuff you packed up? Know ahead of the project where you want to keep everything. If you have space in a basement or unused room, great. If you rent temporary storage, be sure to keep the items you’ll need to regularly access where they can be easily retrieved.
6. Prepare your pets
Cats and dogs don’t like change. If they normally eat or sleep in the area being remodeled, move their gear to another part of the house several days before the project starts to get them used to the change (including the litter box for cats). If the space being remodeled can’t be sealed off from the rest of the home, you’ll want to lock them up in a room to keep them out of the way of workers. (We’ll have more on protecting your pets in a post later this month.)
Remember to relax and accept that there will be some disruption to your life. But also remember that when you’re done, you’re going to have a beautiful new home. Ready to build that dream home with a qualified, professional remodeler? T.W. Ellis is here to guide you through whatever project you need … and make it as painless as possible. Contact us today to discuss your remodeling needs!