Remodeling your home can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a home owner. There’s nothing quite like seeing the potential for a beautiful kitchen or bathroom, and then having that dream realized. But for all the rewards that come without it, a home remodel can be a nerve wracking process if you’ve never done it before.
Much of that nervousness comes from the fact that unless you’ve had a home remodel before, you won’t really know what to expect in the process. So to help ease some of the nerves, here are some things you can expect when you decide to take on a remodeling project.
It won’t be easy – It will take a lot more than calling a remodeling company and saying “I’ll take one new kitchen, please.” Going through the process of a home remodel takes a lot of work – hours of researching, planning, designing, and if you’re going the DIY route – sweating. Even if you hire a remodeling contractor, you’ll still be active in budgeting, scheduling your life around the work, and communicating with workers during the process.
It’ll get loud – Once the project gets under way, peace and quiet will be a rare commodity until it’s all said and done. With the constant sound of nail guns, drills, and power saws, and a whole crew working through the work day, taking an afternoon nap in the middle of it all is probably out of the question. If you need to be able to hear yourself think, make sure you have a place you can retreat to while work is being done.
There will be dust – Every remodeling project will create dust, and it somehow seems to find its way into every nook and cranny in the house. You’ll never be able to avoid it completely; the best you can do is to try to contain it. If you’re working with a remodeling company, it’s their responsibility to keep dust from getting everywhere, and they should have tools like ZipWalls to keep it out. But even with an exceptionally tidy construction crew and extensive sealing off of the workspace, some dust is inevitable.
You’ll go without – If you’re doing any work on the kitchen or bathroom, it’s almost a certainty that you’ll be without water, even if just for a short time. If you’re staying at home while the work is being done, the best thing to do is to talk with your remodelers to know when they’ll be shutting off water ahead of time. This way you’ll be able to plan your water use accordingly, so you can avoid being stuck without water when it comes time for a shower.
It will be worth it – After it’s all said and done, and you’ve got your new kitchen, deck, or bathroom, you’ll realize that all the hard work paid off. Not only did you give your home a beautiful and functional makeover, but you also added real value to your home. Time to celebrate!
If you still have some worries about the remodeling process, just know this: you don’t have to go through it alone! Whatever the size or scope of your project, we can help you every step of the way – from design to completion.