What Are The Best Ways To Survive A Home Renovation?

Remodeling your home is an exciting time, but it is not always a convenient one – especially if you are doing a huge remodel or tampering with critical places that you use every day, like kitchens and bathrooms. It can be a major disruption; to minimize the hardships of renovations, it is important to take steps ahead of time to decrease the inconveniences that can come with overhauling your home.

The best way to survive a home remodel is to expect the worst, anticipate that whatever can go wrong will, and have plans in motion to make everything go a bit more smoothly. A home remodel doesn’t just involve planning the remodeling part; it is also about planning to survive the process.

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Plan for everything

Subcontractors are notorious for showing up at the worst times ever. When the plumber shows up to do work and shuts down your water, you don’t want to be left without a shower. Make sure to communicate with your contractor, hire a painter and let them know that you want to be told ahead of time if someone is going to come by. Although you want to get the subs when you can, it shouldn’t take much for your contractor to give you a couple of hours’ notice to get things in order.

Expect the unexpected

When you are doing a home remodel, there are always going to be bumps in the road, no matter how much you plan for them. Try to be open to new ways of doing things, or alterations along the way, to make things easier. If you are not flexible, you could end up extending the time it takes, going way over budget, or just making yourself miserable stressing out about the smallest things. When it comes to a home remodel, it is best to pick your battles.

Find a place for your things

Home renovations can get pretty messy pretty quickly. If you don’t care properly for your things, then they can be ruined. Although taking out a storage pod might be expensive, it can clear your space to make sure that your belongings aren’t in the way and exposed to things like drywall dust or floor sanding. It will also make sure everyone has more room to live in, and that your valuables are kept safe from water or other mishaps that are likely to happen throughout your home remodel.

Be ready to vacate

It is hard to leave your home and turn it over to someone else, but there are times when certain home remodel tasks make conditions unliveable and unhealthy. During demolition, painting, and floor staining, you will want to find an alternate place to hang out. The small cost that it takes to find another place to stay is well worth the safety and health of you and your family members.

Cover vents and heating ducts

When the drywall dust starts flying or things are being torn out, particles can become airborne and wreak havoc on your HVAC system. The best way to protect your ductwork, your furnace, and to ensure that you aren’t left with a whole lot of ductwork debris is to cover things with plastic and to section off areas that are being worked on.

When possible, shut down your heating and cooling system, so that the particles aren’t being pulled into your ductwork and getting trapped. That means covering up registers and cold air returns. It is a lot easier to keep dust and debris out of your system than to worry about cleaning it out once it has been caked with all types of dangerous particles, and allergens.

If you are going to survive your home remodel, then you have to plan ahead, know which battles to pick, and vacate when things get to be too much for you and your family to live safely in the home. Make sure to always expect the unexpected for remodels. Once you start opening walls up, you just never know what you are going to find. One thing you can be certain about is that it is always going to be way more than you anticipated, cost more than you budgeted, and be more difficult than you imagined.

About Jennifer Cribsly

I'm a former real estate broker who specialized in helping first time buyers be able to purchase a home. Now full time mom, part time real estate owner/investor.
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