Many homeowners are as nervous as they are excited about beginning a new remodeling project. Inconvenience, messiness and disruptions can sometimes be a very real part of a remodel; this is especially true of kitchen and bathroom projects. Because kitchens and bathrooms are so central to our everyday activities, it may seem daunting to think about living through a remodel. While you can try to make the experience as stress-free as possible, some difficulties are unavoidable simply due to the nature of construction. However, there are a few preparations and strategies you can implement to make the remodeling process go a little more smoothly for your family.
Organization is key to living in the midst of a home remodeling project. First of all, you must clear everything from the countertops, cabinets, walls and other places where personal items may get in the way of construction. It’s a good idea to pack these items in clearly labeled boxes and store them in an easy to access place. That way, you’ll be able to find the things you need quickly.
In the kitchen, food preparation is likely going to be the most difficult part of your kitchen remodel. First, choose a new area to house your refrigerator. You may not have access to your oven or stovetop. To compensate, you might have to rely on microwaved, grilled or slow-cooked meals for a while. Consider preparing and freezing dishes that you can eat later. Make small shopping trips so that you don’t have to worry about spoiled food. You may also want to stock up on plastic silverware, plates and cups to make cleanup easier.
When it comes to the bathroom, you may want to negotiate a temporary utility sink or shower, if your primary bathroom is being renovated. Typically bathrooms become unusable after demo the very first day. If you have a closet off your master you will want to plan the access during construction or move your most used items to another area of the home. Oftentimes, homeowners will move into another bedroom and bathroom during construction. You will want to talk to your contractor to find out the details behind construction plans so that you can make adjustments to your daily living schedule.
If you ever have any questions about how to prepare for the work, you should contact someone as soon as possible, so there are no surprises along the way. Every company has a different process for prepping homeowners for construction. At the Affordable Companies, our project managers compile a daily schedule to keep you updated on the entire process, and are always available by phone or email to answer questions.