If you're planning on embarking on any remodeling projects this year, you may want to start by planning and organizing in advance. For example, if you're planning a bathroom remodel and you have only one bathroom in the house, you'll need to have a backup plan, since Mother Nature waits for no remodel. If the kitchen is getting upgraded, have you thought about where you will be preparing food for your family and houseguests?
Here is a handy list to help you out:
1. Kitchen: The best way to prepare for a kitchen remodel is to first remove all the decorations and appliances. Then, figure out where you will prepare your meals and store your food during the duration of the project.
2. Siding: Siding is an exterior project, and contractors will most likely need to be able to spread out on your lawn and/or driveway in order to cut products and apply them to your home.
3. Bathroom: This one is pretty self explanatory. You have to figure out where you are your family can use the toilet and wash up while the bathroom in your home is being remodeled. Also, don't forget to account for the bathroom needs of your contractors and subcontractors. Keep in mind that some companies will rent port-o-potties.
4. Windows: Windows are generally simple to install when it comes to the area needed for preparation and installation, but depending on the amount of windows you are either having repaired or replaced, it could be a minor hassle until it's done.
5. Roofing: When crews are working on your roof, there will no doubt be noise and debris. Any good remodeling company will make arrangements to remove the debris, but as you can imagine, nothing can be done about noise. Those who work from home should make alternative plans.
6. Addition: This preparation is dependent on the area onto which you will be adding and the size of the addition itself. Any number of areas and or products may need to be prepared in other spaces around your home. Your contractor should discuss with you what you will need to know.
7. Bedroom: You'll need to make arrangements to sleep in another part of your home during the renovation, but if you keep your personal belongings and clothes in your bedroom, you will need to figure out what you need to take with you to other parts of the house while the renovation process is occurring.
8. Flooring: Flooring can generally be replaced or repaired fairly quickly, but plotting out alternate routes to other rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms can be necessary, especially if you have kids.
9. Basement: Depending on the current state of your basement, you may need to make plans for the crew members entering and exiting the basement, depending on the entrance to your basement and it's proximity to other rooms in your home.
10. Drywall: Again, depending on the space that needs the repair or replacement, your contractor will usually seal the area with plastic and drop cloths. The installation is often times followed by paint so you may also want to prepare your furniture and nearby rooms for that process as well.
While some of the preceding information may seem obvious, some first-timers don't think of these simple ideas to help them through the remodeling process. That's why we try to think of it for them for you!