Surviving a remodel
Keep calm and carry on.
When you remodel, you’re investing a lot of time, energy and resources into creating a beautiful and functional room—and the end result is definitely worth it.
But. . . bathroom and kitchen remodeling is stressful. After all, you are living in a construction zone. It is possible, however, to survive the sheet rock and sawdust.
- Before any kitchen remodeling work begins, hold a pre-construction meeting with your contractor.
- Ask specific questions
- Your contractor can explain exactly what will be done, when it will be done and how long each task will take.
- After the remodeling starts, keep your contactor’s phone number handy, and be sure to keep the lines of communication open.
- Set aside time for telephone calls and regular meetings with your contractor throughout the kitchen remodeling process to review the progress and discuss the schedule for the remaining work.
- Your contractor should provide you with a weekly schedule of the work that’s to be done, when materials need to be ordered and when they’ll be delivered.
- For custom-made items, it is especially important to make your selections as early in the process as possible.
- Your contractor will have extra tools, materials and equipment in your house to complete the project, so you’ll want to find a good spot for them.
- Plan to protect your household items from any remodeling dust and debris.
- Cover your furniture and carpeting.
- Consider putting some furniture in storage.
- A good contractor will help you cover and protect the work area.
Expect the unexpected
- The bigger the bathroom or kitchen remodeling project, the greater the potential for problems, such as late deliveries, wrong parts, adverse weather, on-the-spot changes and more. But if you keep your cool, and stay calm and flexible, you’ll be able to ensure the remodeling process still runs smoothly.
- Designate a safe haven in your home where you can escape the chaos and commotion of the construction.
- Always remember to maintain a sense of humor. It’s easy to get caught up in the inconvenience of the project, but look at the remodeling process as an adventure. Certain things are out of your control, so it’s better to laugh than to become angry.