You’re ready to build that kitchen, bathroom or addition you’ve been dreaming of for years. You know which appliances will match your décor, the shower you want, and the finishes that will bring it all together.
You’re excited to get that dream project. But maybe you’re just a little scared, too. We’ve all heard the horror stories about remodeling projects that end in disaster and you don’t want that to happen to you.
Here are 7 tips to prepare for and survive your remodeling project.
1. Hire a qualified, professional remodeler
This is the most important part of your remodeling project. Nothing matters more than having the right partner for your remodel. Those new windows or cabinets won’t matter if they’re not installed correctly. A qualified remodeler will help you make the best choices for your space, get ready for your remodel and remove as much of the pain as possible from the process.
Atlanta Design & Build is a licensed and fully insured local contractor, and one of only a few National Association of the Remodeling Industry Accredited Remodeling Companies in the nation. Our team members have earned multiple certifications, including Master Certified Remodeler (MCR), Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler (CKBR), Certified Remodeling Project Manager (CRPM), Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) and Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC).
2. Have architectural plans completed and decisions made
To ensure your project is ready to get started, it’s important to have major decisions made, along with detailed architectural drawings. Some remodelers work off incomplete plans or sketches – that just leads to problems as the project progresses. Plans should include precise measurements, product information and specific design choices. Without that, it will be difficult to determine exact costs, or a timeline for your project.
Working with a design/build remodeler like Atlanta Design & Build means the designer and remodeler are on the same team, working together to give you the best project. By working with a single team, you receive many advantages over the traditional model of construction, including better communication, improved efficiency and higher-quality final product.
3. Prepare a temporary kitchen and eating area
If your project involves a large kitchen, you’re probably going to lose access to your kitchen for weeks or months. Find an area in your house that can be set up as a temporary space for preparing meals. At minimum, that probably means a small refrigerator, a water source, a microwave, and other small appliances. You’ll also want a table or temporary countertop that can serve as a meal prep area. If you eat most of your meals in the kitchen, think about where you’ll eat during this time.
It’s also a good time to grill out. Along those same lines, save yourself some stress by buying disposable plates, cutlery and cups to use for at least some meals. Add some money to the budget for takeout meals, as well.
4. Pack up and simplify
Ahead of the remodel, you’ll want to pack up any easily damaged items in the spaces being renovated, such as good dishes, family heirlooms, or electronics. Remove furniture, pictures and other breakable items of personal value adjacent to rooms and walls of affected areas both above and below. It’s also a good opportunity to simplify your life by donating any items you don’t use anymore.
5. Figure out a storage solution
Where are you going to put all that stuff you packed up? Know ahead of the project where you want to keep everything. If you have space in a basement or unused room, great. If you rent temporary storage, be sure to keep the items you need to regularly access where they can be easily retrieved.
6. Prepare your pets
Cats and dogs don’t like change. If they normally eat or sleep in the area being remodeled, move their gear to another part of the house several days before the project starts to get them used to the change (including the litter box for cats). It’s the homeowners’ responsibility to care for their beloved pets.
Remember to relax and accept that there will be some disruption to your life. But also remember that when you’re done, you’re going to have a beautiful new home.
Ready to build that dream home with a qualified, professional remodeler? Atlanta Design & Build is here to guide you through whatever project you need … and make it as painless as possible. Contact us today to discuss your remodeling needs!