We won’t lie: life during a home remodel can be tricky, to say the least. BUT – it’s not impossible. Full-scale remodels take more time, of course, and while professional contractors go out of their way to make the experience as non-disruptive to a family’s day-to-day existence as possible, there will always be hurdles to work around and minor inconveniences to endure.
Here are just four pro tips to navigate these temporary interruptions and navigate day-to-day life during a home remodel.
- Plan ahead: Plan your work and work your plan. Have an itinerary in place long before crews show up on your doorstep. Consider which rooms are being affected and where your belongings will be stored in the interim. This not only makes the actual work faster and more efficient, but it also allows you to find what you need – when you need it – during the oncoming upheaval. Keep in mind the comings and goings of workers and relocate any breakables to give yourself peace of mind.
- Keep lines of communication open. Perhaps the most important component of successfully navigating life during a home remodel is making certain you hire a professional contractor who is collaborative and transparent, and to whom you can have direct access. Be open and forthright about your likes and dislikes. A quality contractor will engage you at various points of the project to ensure that you are satisfied and that your needs are being met.
- Consider the kids. A comprehensive home remodel can be somewhat of a challenge for adults but adding children into the mix makes things even more interesting. Again, tidy up ahead of time. Make sure your children have a clean, secure place that they can use for playtime and rest – preferably a safe distance from any worksites and rooms that are being overhauled. Make certain after work is complete for the day that no materials remain in front of windows that could be climbed, and that all areas are cleared of tools, equipment, nails, screws, and more. An experienced and quality contractor will handle all of this, as it is never the homeowner’s responsibility. But double-checking before you and your family reenter the house doesn’t hurt.
- Head ‘em up and move ‘em out: Although quality contractors will make every effort to ensure your daily routine is not upended by a work crew’s presence, you may personally decide life during a home remodel is better lived at a hotel or family member’s guest room/house. After all, a little bit of R&R goes a long way, making the ultimate reveal of your new home an enthusiastic and exciting event for the entire family.
No matter what, be sure to hire a remodeling company that understands your needs and will go above and beyond to maintain a sense of normalcy and make life during a home remodel as comfortable as possible. As a family-owned and operated remodeling company, Cossentino & Sons understands the sanctity of a home. Our team has decades of experience working with families and we will work as quickly and efficiently as possible to limit the downtime of essential areas while delivering quality results you can be proud of. Call 410-442-0000 today for a free estimate.