Expecting the unexpected during your remodel

Phantom Screens / August 3, 2016

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There is a lot that goes into a home remodel. With all the different people and projects, you have to expect that something unexpected will happen during the process. While the popularity of remodeling shows and the magic of video editing may make the process seem painless, the truth is home remodeling is a long process and you can expect many minor headaches along the way. However, unexpected surprises don’t have to catch you off guard. Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself from any unwanted anxiety or stress during the remodeling process.

Noise and dust

The two things that you can expect of any home remodel are noise and dust. These minor irritations may turn into serious disruptions over time if you aren’t prepared for them. When it comes to noise, it’s best to accept now that the construction process is very loud. If the remodeled space is near your main living area, consider staying at a friend or relative’s place during the most intense phases of construction. However, if you are highly tolerant of noise or the construction is happening in a remote part of your home, then you may not need to resort to evacuating the premises.

In addition to noise, dust will find a way to permeate even the furthest stretches of your home during the remodel. There are ways to reduce the dust flow, but it is nearly impossible to eliminate it. Using a compression-fit temporary wall to seal off the construction zone is probably the most effective way, though it is not always an option. One of your best bets is to try and close off the air returns where the dust is being produced or to turn off your central HVAC system completely. Using window units and space heaters to heat or cool your home may not be as efficient for temperature control, but it will definitely cut down on the amount of dust in circulation.

Expect to go over budget

It is always good to expect to go over budget on your home remodeling project. It is likely you and your contractor will run into problems that will require you to spend more than you had planned. Old homes often have strange circumstances such as confusing wiring or mold and asbestos problems that only become noticeable once a wall has begun to be torn down. Remedying these situations will come at an additional cost, so plan to have some emergency cash on hand to cover these expenses. Experts suggest having 10 to 20 percent over your budget in cash that you can use in a pinch.

Talk to your contractor

Make sure that once you have hired a skilled general contractor you have a conversation about how the remodel will be conducted. One of the most important things you need to be clear on is your project’s schedule. Make sure you are clear not only on the start and end date of the project but also the projected times that it will take for each phase of the construction process. This will help you gauge the project’s process and prepare yourself for delays in the case that any individual phase falls behind schedule.

In addition, make sure to discuss with your contractor who will be on-site on a daily basis. The remodeling process involves a lot of people coming and going from your property. So that you are not caught off guard by a stranger laying tile in your new bathroom, make sure you are on the same page with your contractor regarding who will be working and when.