Every remodeling project creates some stress. Dirt, dust, and disorder — not to mention a daily invasion of contractors, can leave you feeling like your home is no longer your own. This disruption can lead to mounting anxiety — especially if you don’t know what to expect. Whether you’re adding an addition or renovating a small bath, the best way to minimize stress from remodeling is to prepare for each project phase. Below, we share tips on reducing renovation overwhelm.
“Remodeling a home should be a smooth, scheduled process that feels well managed so you can continue your normal routine as much as possible.”
You should carefully choose a design-build company or contractor to meet your needs and collaborate effectively with you. If you are a hands-on person who does not mind managing aspects of your project and wants to be apart of the building process, you should go with a general contractor. If you have little time in your daily life and desire a team that can handle every facet of your project, then a design-build firm would be an excellent choice. To minimize stress, you must find a company that aligns with your flow, managing style, and needs.
Planning extensively with your design-build team is the key to a smooth remodeling process. It is important to pull back all the layers of a project to minimize mistakes and change orders that could drive up a renovation cost. During this stage, it is essential to address your needs, design preferences, and budget expectations. Your contractor or design-build team should take the time to understand your vision and create a plan that aligns with your goals. With thorough preparation, you will reduce hasty-decision making and common problems when your project gets built.
It is essential to draft a realistic schedule before any work begins, which will allow you to plan for the various remodeling stages — from demolition to finish work. Once you have a timetable, you know what to expect and how to prepare for your family’s needs. Remember that changes will lengthen your completion date for the project.
Before actual construction begins, you should meet with your team to discuss the logistics. Here is a list of important questions to ask:
- Where will the construction materials be stored?
- How will the crew dispose of the construction debris?
- What entry points and bathrooms should the carpenters or subcontractors use, and should we add a lockbox for easy access?
- What are the working hours for the field staff?
- Who will be your primary contact regarding progress updates, potential design changes, and any last-minute decisions?
- Are there any special considerations for children, pets, or security systems?
To ensure a smooth building process and not get overly stressed, your need to properly set up your home for construction. This step involves protecting your living spaces from dust by installing sealed plastic barriers between the construction site and your living area and removing any pictures, furnishings, and personal belongings that could get damaged. If you are renovating your kitchen, you should set up a temporary kitchen to cook and prepare meals. These items will be covered if you go with a design-build team who will make it their mission to minimize disruptions in your daily life.
To ensure peace of mind, we recommend having your design-build or contractor team perform a “warranty walk-through” six months to a year after the completion of a project gets finished. They should revisit the project and evaluate their work. If any defects to design or construction develop, they should correct the problems with no additional charges.
At Feinmann, we recommend hiring a team that can carefully and seamlessly guide you through the process. Between the countless decisions to consider, design selections to make, and people working in your home, remodeling can be an overwhelming process. While some homeowners may want to manage and take on all the moving parts of their renovation, our clients lead busy lives. They prefer to hire one company to guide them through their project from planning to completion, making their experience pleasant, not stressful.