Many homeowners reach a point where they feel that they’ve either outgrown their home or they’ve become dissatisfied with their home’s appearance and want to change it. If those changes involve altering the actual structure of the house, we’re talking about remodeling.
Unlike renovation, remodeling can require more workers to get the job done and, with more workers usually come more noise, dirt, and inconvenience. If you’re considering remodeling your home, here are things that could make the process more bearable.
Arrange to Stay Somewhere Else
The easiest way to deal with hammering, forklifts, and plumes of dust is not to be in the house. If you’re single or a couple, you might want to get a short-term apartment rental for a few months. If you have a family, you may want to rent another house for a while. Having a spot free of debris and construction noise can be great for your peace of mind.
Of course, you’ll want to take into consideration how long the remodel will last. If you’re adding a room to your house the project might take two or three months but, if the remodel is more substantial, the project can take several months to complete. If staying somewhere else will ruin your budget, it’s probably not a good idea. The homeowner’s budget and patience level are both considerations when undertaking a house remodel.
Section Off Part of Your Home
There are times when finances or other factors make staying in a different location during a remodel virtually impossible. During those times, you might want to partition off the part of the house that’s undergoing construction and just make that a no-go area for yourself and family members. Ask the crew about plastic barriers and if devices will be used to help purify the air.
You might also want to make sure that there’s a designated entrance for the construction crew and even a designated workspace. Having a sectioned-off area for the crew may cut down on cleanup, which is a big part of construction work. The more simple and organized the crew’s cleanup process, the less noise and distraction for you.
Set a Work Schedule
As the homeowner, you have a say about when work the construction crew can start working and when they should wrap things up for the day. You’ll want to pick a start time that’s convenient for you and all members of the family. If you know that everyone in the house will be out by 9 a.m., you might have the crew start at 9:30 a.m.
Similarly, if you know that you or family members start to arrive home around 4 p.m., you may ask the crew to make sure that they’ve left your property by 3:30 p.m. If the crew abides by the timeframes you’ve set and you or no one in your family is off schedule, things can actually work out to where you never have to see or hear the construction crew.
Practice Patience and Politeness
Having a little patience and being polite can go a long way, especially when your house is undergoing a remodel. Even with the best planning, things may not always go as you expect them to. During those moments, it’s important to be considerate of others. The great thing about consideration is that it’s usually reciprocated. People tend to mirror what you show them.
If you are having to deal with construction issues or issues with the workers that are serious and bothering you, you’ll likely want to speak to the contractor instead of barking orders at the crew. Remember, they’re the ones doing the work, so it’s probably not in your best interest to make them miserable.
A home remodel can be a beautiful thing once it’s completed, but the process itself can often be difficult for the homeowner because of all the inconveniences. If you’ve decided that a home remodel is right for you, there are things you can do to make the process more bearable, including arranging to stay someplace else, sectioning off the part of your home being remodeled, setting a work schedule for the construction crew, and being patient with those involved in the project. These things can go a long way toward weathering the remodeling storm.