Spring is upon us once again, and as the warmer weather arrives, you may be thinking about starting a home remodel project. Whether you’re planning on a smaller remodel, such as a bathroom, or tackling a larger project, such as a kitchen, you’re going to want to start at the beginning—with preparation. Here are some helpful tips to prepare for that springtime remodeling project:
- Decide where and what you’ll be eating. This is something that not many people think about right away when it comes to home remodels. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the project itself and forget the many ways it will disrupt your daily life, including the preparation and consumption of meals. This is especially true with kitchen remodels, where all of your normal meal-production items and appliances will be inaccessible or out of commission. Getting takeout or delivery every day can add up, and you’ll already be spending enough money on the remodel itself; to save some money, look up a few crockpot, soup, or casserole recipes and prepare as many as you can ahead of time. Designate another room in your house—maybe a basement, a loft, spare bedroom, or even the garage—as the temporary kitchen/eating area.
- Prepare nearby rooms for the remodel period. This is especially true for larger remodel projects that might involve a lot of vibrating tools and create a lot of dust. Take all of your most precious possessions off the shelves and the walls and make room for them in a closet or somewhere else out of the way.
- Come up with a bathroom schedule. How many people will your bathroom remodel affect? Can they all use what may be the only other bathroom in the house without conflict? Do you have enough room for all of their personal toiletry items? These are all good questions to consider for this smaller-scale project.
- Think about factoring a babysitter into your project costs. This is especially true for those remodelers with young children who need constant supervision or a quiet place to nap. Plus, the farther away from the construction zone, the safer they’ll be. If you and your partner are going to be heavily involved in the remodeling work, it might be worth it to hire someone to watch the kiddos, even if it’s just for a couple of hours a day.