If you’ve never remodeled before or are taking on a big project, you may feel a little nervous. Between the expense and the excitement of anticipating your finished remodel, it’s hard not to feel a little apprehensive. Knowing what to expect can help allay your fears and make you better prepared for what’s to come.
1. Dust: Even with elaborate ZipWalls, dust can gather in parts of your home from construction. If you can, close off the construction area from the rest of your house with a co mpression-fit temporary wall. Or, run air handlers to pull the dust from the air of the nonconstruction side of the house. Thirdly, block the warm-air and cold-air returns in the construction area, otherwise dust will be pulled into the living area.
2. Noise: Due to the noise of equipment, you may need to find another place to nap (and work if you normally work from your home).
3. Triumphant Highs: For you it may be the demolition of the ugly vinyl floors in your kitchen. It may be the installation of the backsplash tile. For some, it may be the happiness and relaxation that comes when the project is done.
4. Multiple Sighs: You may get tired of answering so many questions, having so many people in your house, or you may just want to be done. Hang in there! Remodeling fatigue will be short lived when you see your newly remodeled space.
5. The Unexpected: Asbestos, irregular framing, jerry-rigged wiring, funny plumbing and more unexpected surprises are bound to arise. Be prepared by counting on finding something no one could have anticipated in your budget and your time frame.
6. Change Orders: Most often change orders occur because of things clients decide to add or change. The result is added or reduced cost.
7. Cash Concerns: Even if your project is right on budget, writing larger checks than you are used to during a large remodel can be stressful. Having cash on hand that’s at least 10% above contract for contingencies will help alleviate that stress.
8. Delays: Sometimes appliances ordered from the factory take six weeks instead of six, people get sick, or cars break down. Allow flexibility in the schedule.
9. Decisions: Where should that outlet be? How high do you want the showerhead? Where do you want the cabinet hardware mounted? Oil-rubbed bronze or chrome or brushed nickel or satin nickel? Count on lots of question that you’ll need to answer as your project proceeds.
10. Outliers: At the end of your project, expect one or two punch-list items that will take longer to resolve than anything else, such a light fixture that arrives broken or the last two pieces of tile. Focus on getting the final details right, even if they take a little longer.
11. A Party! Expect that you will want to show off your newly remodeled space. It’s gratifying for everyone to see a beautifully finished home filled with people enjoying themselves.
From houzz.com, Anne Higuera, CGR, CAPS