A home remodeling project is exciting, and the result is usually breathtaking. However, along the way, there could be snags, challenges, and stress. Try not to feel overly exhausted by a home remodeling project. Just remember these six things:
Dust and Drafts
Adding to your home or even changing interiors will cause your home to be drafty. You will also experience dust. Most contractors take precautions to minimize the grime that finds its way inside your home, and plastic curtains usually seal off drafts.
Day to Day Living
Your life will be interrupted quickly after the project starts. Delivery trucks will constantly be coming in, dumpsters and portable bathrooms will arrive on your property. Plan, so the day to day arrangements do not upset your life too much.
Yard Wear and Tear
There will be yard wear and tear. Hopefully, it will be minimal, but yard damage is something you cannot escape. Trucks will drive on your lawn, foot traffic will not take into consideration trees and bushes, and along with home remodeling, you may need to have yard repair scheduled.
Contractors will give you a set schedule and outline plan before they start any work. It is important to know, however, that you should expect delays. Prepare to have plumbers change schedules and electricians stop work in the middle of the project. Poor weather conditions, changes, and requests, or missing orders can also delay your project.
Make any alterations in the plan you want, but the changes may affect how long it takes to get the project done as well as your budget. It’s your project, however, so it is understandable if you want changes but be prepared for challenges. Communicate your changes to the contractor as soon as you can so you will not experience too much of a delay or uptake in your budget.
One client of a reputable contractor decided they needed to install a gas fireplace in the remodeling project. The fireplace had to be ordered, the gas line installed, and changes to the framing had to be made. It set the entire remodeling project back about two months. If you do not want this to happen to you, do not hesitate to let your contractor know upfront what you want to change.
Plan for the Future
If you want to add wiring or any other options in the future, it will take planning on this project. Let your contractor know you have wiring issues – an alarm system or speakers –additional electricians, may need to be hired. Let your contractor know about the possibility of change at the beginning of your remodeling. Many options cannot be done at the end of the project, and you may find that you will do without the amenities you wanted.
The trick to a successful home remodeling project is to plan. Be prepared and try to list every contingency. If you know you want a fireplace plan. If you want speakers and an alarm system, make sure the contractor also knows these plans. A home remodeling project can be great if you make the right plans.