HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE to surviving home additionWhen it comes to remodeling, there’s nothing better than knowing your home addition dreams are finally coming true.  But what about the process of transforming your home into the one you’ve always dreamed of?  There’s going to be lots of reconstruction, and as you can imagine, lots of noise.  Fortunately, though, even though a ladder here and a paint can there might throw your daily routine for a loop, there are tips you can follow to ensure your remodeling goes as smoothly as possible.  Here’s a quick look at the homeowner’s survival guide to home additions.

Be prepared to be involved

A reputable architect will want you actively involved in both the design and construction processes. This doesn’t mean you have to glue down hardwood flooring, but it does mean you need to be onsite on a regular basis to see how things are coming along.  If you see anything you would like to have changed, you should voice your opinion.  An architect would much rather you change something than end up with a home you’re dissatisfied with.

Plan ahead

Planning ahead is the key to making it successfully through a remodeling project.  Ideally, if you can, you may want to spend your nights elsewhere, but for many people, this simply isn’t feasible, so you aren’t alone if you have to stay in your home while reconstruction is taking place.  More importantly, take comfort in the fact that it’s quite possible to live comfortably through a remodel.

You’ll want to plan ahead by making sure you have a place in the home to shower, sleep and fix a hot meal.  That’s about all you really need.  This might involve relocating your refrigerator into a bedroom or office area, possibly even in the garage.  You’ll also want to relocate the microwave if you’re doing a kitchen remodel.  Just remember that the remodeling is only temporary.  Within a few short weeks, your home will look and feel better than ever before.

Know when it’s time to leave

There are some points during the remodeling process that it won’t be safe for you to sleep or stay in your home.  This is why it’s important to actively communicate with your contractor about any glues or finishes that have been applied.  Some of the fumes can be toxic after first being applied, meaning you’ll want to take you and the kids over to Grandma’s for a sleepover.

Keep plenty of trash cans onsite at all times

There’s going to be a lot waste that comes from remodeling.  So in addition to a dumpster, provide your contractors with recycling bins and ask them to use them as appropriate.  This is a great way to keep your waste organized in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Know what to put in storage

If you have any valuable items that could be affected by the remodeling process, it’s best to put them away in storage.  Appliances in the kitchen can usually be covered with plastic to keep dust, dirt and debris from damaging them.  Other items to cover include fine pieces of furniture, electronics and any other expensive items.

Be prepared for changes

You can have your remodeling project planned out according to great detail, but it’s not until the actual reconstruction process that you’ll know what needs to be done.  It’s important to be prepared for unforeseen events, such as the presence of mold or even termites.  If problems like these were to arise, they would need to be completely addressed before further remodeling tasks take place.

The Takeaway

By following the tips above, you’ll be well on your way to experiencing a successful remodel or home addition.  The most important element of success is communication, so make sure to keep all lines of communication with your contractors open.

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