Remodeling projects can become stressful, especially if your expectations for the near future are not set at the start. Big changes to your home can bring big noise, dust, and sometimes frustration. Being able to plan for these temporary inconveniences is key to a smooth remodel, so we’ve laid out what can be expected when remodeling your home.
1. LOUD NOISES There will be little peace or quiet during your remodeling project. Imagine clamoring compressors, droning saws, shrieking drywall sanders and walloping nail guns—not quite the relaxing home you imagined just yet. Remodeling Tip: Don’t count on working from home, unless your home office is far away from the construction area.
2. Construction Dust. Even with elaborate ZipWall® dust barriers in place, a fine layer of dust can gather in parts of your home far from the construction area. There are a few ways to help contain it:
Temporary Wall—If possible, close off the construction area from the rest of your house with a compression-fit temporary wall.
Air Filter System—Running air-filtering systems can also pull the dust from the air on the non-remodeled side of the house.
HVAC Use—Try to not use your furnace if possible, or completely block the warm and cold returns where the work is being done. If not, you may be pulling dust from that section of the house into the part where you’re living.
Remodeling Tip: Consult your design/build company before blocking ducts to make sure your HVAC system will still work effectively.
3. Emotional Exhilaration. It may be the beautiful design and blueprint that brings a tear to your eye, or the destruction of the laminate kitchen countertops. For others it may be the arrival of that new stove and perfectly placed venting system. Others still may feel overjoyed when they see the drywall in place and can envision their project nearing completion. This is all to be expected and typical, as change is very exciting. Remodeling Tip: Change can be very exciting. Embrace high emotions as part of the process.
4. Assorted Groans. While changing your house is an exciting time, depending on the magnitude of your project, remodeling weariness can take place. It could be the time it takes for project completion, the number of workmen in your house, or the final details on the punch list that need to be checked off. While this feeling is relatively short-lived, it can be challenging to think about the end result of your newly remodeled home. Remodeling Tip: Keep your focus on the goal. Remember why you took the project on in the first place.
5. Unpredictable surprises. Unforeseen circumstances can occur. From the presence of asbestos, irregular framing, or the presence of patchy electrical and awkward plumbing configurations — all or none can be present in your home. While this can be frustrating at first, it is best to prepare yourself emotionally when things like this happen. A qualified, experienced company should communicate the possibility of this happening, so you have an idea of how it might affect your timeframe and budget. Remodeling Tip: No one knows what existing conditions lie within your home. A knowledgeable remodeler however, can likely provide insight based on your home’s age, location, style and other indicators based on their experience with similar homes.
6. Addendums. When the unexpected does occur, there needs to be changes to the work, by which any additional or changed work is documented — along with reduced or added cost. Most frequently, change orders or addendums occur because of things that homeowners decide to change or add. So, whenever possible, it is best to make all selections prior to construction whenever possible. Remodeling Tip: Having a well-defined scope of work can greatly reduce the chance that the cost of the project will change. Spend the time making sure that you are happy with the design and materials that are used to estimate cost.
7. Unscheduled Delays. Products that get damaged during shipping, inclement weather, family emergencies, and the factory taking 10 weeks for cabinets instead of six—all can happen. An experienced team and company, when building your project schedule, will help anticipate potential challenges and factor some of that in. Having that knowledge up front is key to being able to react well when your renovation schedule is adjusted. Remodeling Tip: Communicate openly with your project manager and your remodeling team as stress points arise. When third party suppliers are causing the delay, work with your remodeling company to understand your options.
8. Hundreds of Decisions. Granite or marble countertops? Should the flooring be dark or light? Do we go with pendant lighting or can light? All of the questions that need to be answered can seem a bit overwhelming. As your project proceeds and you begin to gain a more tangible picture of what your renovation is shaping up to be, you’ll need to answer a multitude of questions along the way, or select a design/build firm as your proxy. Just know that your selection of a designer and builder is the first of many decisions you will make. Remodeling Tip: Be open with your designer about how much guidance you want when selecting materials and options. Skilled designers can make coordinating materials a breeze compared to trying to understand color and finish relationships on your own.
9. Finishing Details. As your remodeling project nears completion, expect a few punch-list items to take longer to complete than anything else. It may be a fan light that doesn’t fit properly or arrives broken and needs to be reordered. While these things can seem extremely frustrating at the time, the important thing to remember is to get the final details right. Remodeling Tip: Sometimes the last detail of a project is the most frustrating. This is particularly true when it is due to circumstances outside of your control. Once the project is substantially complete, communicate with your project manager to gain an expectation of when the final touches will be delivered.
10. Service and Warranty. Home remodeling is not a perfect science and every project is unique and custom to each client. There may be things that require service after your remodeling project is complete, and that is why it is best when selecting a design/build company, that you make sure that they service your home and better yet, warranty their work for years to come. Remodeling Tip: Few things will leave you feeling as secure as a warranty on installation, but more importantly structural work. You are trusting a company to partially demolish portions of your home. A remodeler that warrants their work for years to come must be part of the agreement.
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