Getting your home ready for a huge remodeling project can feel daunting. But, the more prepared you are upfront for the construction work, the smoother your project will go. Whether you’re doing a kitchen remodel, a bathroom renovation, or an entire home remodeling project from top to bottom, there are three things you need to do now to be ready for the big day.
These are the three foolproof steps to follow to make sure your home remodeling project will be off without a hitch.
Organize and declutter your home.
Remodeling projects require a lot of moving furniture and the more you can consolidate and downsize things before the construction starts, the less of a hassle things will be. Plus, when you’re able to declutter your home, there’s less of a chance for things to get lost or damaged in the process. If there are fragile things that need to be moved carefully, you’ll know exactly where they are and you’ll be able to provide the appropriate instructions to your contractor.
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Ask your contractor to let you know if there are any other things you need to get ready for them.
Clean your house to prep the workspace.
You’ve been living in your home, which means there will be a certain level of dirt, dust, and wear and tear. This is normal, which is also why a good deep cleaning of your home before your construction project starts is a great idea. For one, it will give your contractor a blank slate to start from and won’t incur any delays for things being dirty. Plus, it lets you get a good inventory of the condition of your home before the renovation, so you’re in a better position to know if there is any (new) damage done to your home by the contractor.
Figure out what to do with pets.
If you’ll be in the home during the remodeling project, you’ll want to be clear on what to do with your pets and where they’ll be when contractors are in your home. You may need to create barriers or put up baby gates to block animals (or your kids) from entering into the construction area. Keep in mind that contractors may leave the front door open as they move items in and out of your home. You’ll want to ensure that your pets are properly secured and won’t run outside if the front door is left open.
As a bonus, you’ll want to cover any items or furniture that you definitely don’t want to get damaged. Most reputable contractors will likely do this anyway, however, it’s always nice for you to take an extra step and do it yourself so you can make sure things are protected appropriately.
Your contractor may give you additional insights and requirements to follow to get your home ready for your remodeling project. But, these three are a great place to start to prep your home and guarantee that you’ve done your part to streamline the process.