So, you’re looking to have a major home remodeling project done; perhaps you’re looking to renovate your outdated kitchen, or maybe you want to add square footage with a room addition, or possilby it’s time for a bathroom remodel. Either way, you’ll have an important decision to make when it comes to home remodeling in Phoenix: do you stay and live through it – or do you go?
Many homeowners choose to live elsewhere, or plan a family vacation away, during a major home renovation project, but this isn’t always practical or possible. If you’re planning on remaining in your home during the remodeling project, there are some tips you’ll want to keep in mind.
Be in constant communication with your home remodeling contractor so you can plan your days out as needed. For example, if water supply is going to be cut off for a few hours during your bathroom remodel, you’ll want to coordinate with your contractor to ensure this isn’t going to happen while everybody in your house is getting ready in the morning (or, at lease have the option to plan around it). Many top-tier home remodeling contractors will supply you with a schedule, or time-line for your project, and keep you in the loop as things change. There are also many options available to contractors these days for cloud-based scheduling and project management solutions, such as BuilderTrend, to help you stay in constant contact about the scheduling of your project.
Ideally, whatever room of the house you’re having renovated (your kitchen, for example) should have a “backup space” where you can wash some dishes, do some very simple cooking, and make coffee safely.
Invest in Air Purifiers
More than likely, there’s going to be a fair amount of dust and other debris flying around your home during the remodel; there’s unfortunately no way around that. However, you can prevent having your living spaces covered in a layer of construction dust by keeping doors to your usable areas of the home closed at all times. You may also want to plug in a portable air purifier in your bedroom or wherever your family sleeps at night to help with air quality. On days when the weather is fair, crack open some windows to increase circulation as well.
Ideally, your home remodel contractor should be taking some steps to help minimize dust throughout the house as their are some products available to general contractors these days that will create a dust-barrier wall between the work area and the rest of the house.
Prepare for Delays
With any home remodeling project, there’s always a chance for delays that are beyond your control (or even your remodeling company’s control). Backups caused by weather and availability of parts/materials could turn a month-long project into a two-month project. This is something that you’ll need to prepare for when making the decision to stay or leave your home.
Of course, your remodeling company should stay in close contact with you at all times and report any expected delays so you can plan accordingly.
Have a Backup Plan
There may be some days where your stress levels are simply too high to function in a home that’s undergoing major renovations. On these days, it can really help your sanity to have a backup plan. Whether it means taking yourself and the rest of the family away to a local hotel for the night or even staying at a friend or family member’s home, it’s important that you have some kind of backup plan for when these days inevitably occur.
Envision the Finished Product
Above all else, any time you find yourself feeling frustrated or impatient about your home renovation project, just remember that it’ll all be worth it in the end. When your home renovation is finished and you’re able to fully enjoy your dream home, all the days of working around the construction and remodeling project will have paid off. You’ll have a home with added value and function, and your family will have an amazing home that serves you well for many years to come.
Choosing to remain in a home during renovations is a personal decision, and there are many reasons that some families choose to do it. If you’re looking to work with a remodeling team that will cater to your specific needs, contact us today; our goal is to make home remodeling as stress-free on you as possible.