Cooking up a remodel is exciting and rejuvenating for both you, your family, and your home but it can just as easily be a fairly stressful endeavor. Rarely does a remodel go 100% according to plan even with the most careful preparation and attention to detail. The fact of the matter is that something will not go as you expected.
You can, however, do a great deal to alleviate the burden of your home remodel and make it as stress-free as possible. Here’s our recipe to a stress-free remodel.
1. Plan As Much as Possible
The most successful remodels are the ones that are the most well thought out. If you’re considering embarking into a remodel, then it would behoove you to plan as much as possible for both the remodel and the inconveniences of having part of your home out of commission for a few days or a few weeks.
With that said, be sure to make accommodation for any inconveniences you expect to experience during your remodel. Bathrooms and kitchens are especially notorious for displacing homeowners, so be thoughtful on your contingency plans during your remodel.
2. Prepare for Your Contractor
Unless you plan on doing your remodeling work yourself, then you’ll need to do a little prep work for your contractor. This means clearing out and cleaning out anything that is to be demolished, quartering off sections of your home you wish to keep dust out, and generally having anything specific to the job on hand before things get started.
If you choose to do the work yourself, then get all of your materials together on the site and have your tools ready for the day you begin. Unless you have experience in remodeling, then you’re likely to run into some snags. It’s better to have everything on hand before you begin (think prefabricated cabinets and lumber materials) so that you can work without making tedious runs to the hardware store.
3. Be Considerate of Others
You’re likely more focused on keeping yourself and your family comfortable (and sane) during your remodel, but you should certainly consider others around you including your neighbors and even your pets.
Remodels are noisy, fast-paced, and often dangerous for a casual passerby or a wandering family pet which means you should make everyone aware of what’s going on. For your neighbors, depending on your location, make sure they’re keenly aware of what you’re doing and what they can expect as far as noise and traffic. For pets, keep them safe, out of the way of any workers, and give them a comfortable place to bed down during the work.
4. Be Financially Prepared
There’s an old adage about remodels that says something to the effect of, “calculate your costs, then triple them.” While that may not hold entirely true, remodels are notorious for going over budget if and when problems arise or changes occur at any point during the process. For that very reason, it’s important to have your finances secure.
Fortunately, Tidewater Mortgage Services, Inc. will work with you to find the financial solution to help you get your home in shape. From a complete gut and redo to a simple facelift, our expert loan officers can help you find the financing solution for you and your family to help your remodel be as stress-free as possible!