Odds are you’ve probably binge-watched a season or two of Fixer Upper and heard stories from your friends and family about their remodeling experience So, you’re totally prepared to live through a remodel because you’re practically an expert? Sorry to beak the news to you, but hearing about other people’s remodeling experiences is nothing like actually living though it. Remodeling your home will disrupt your daily schedule, put your relationships to the test, and be totally worth it in the end. 😉 Without further delay, here’s our best advice and tips on what to expect and how to survive living through a remodel.
It will Disrupt your Schedule
If you’re like me, you probably have a morning routine. Wake up, get ready, brew a cup of coffee, drink coffee while playing with the dogs. My routine would not work if my kitchen and dining room were under construction. The peace, tranquility, order, and cleanliness of my morning ritual would cease to exist.
That was dramatic. It wouldn’t actually cease to exist, it would just temporarily look a little different. Creatures of habit, be warned: you may have to change a couple of habits while your remodel is going on.
I know you’re already stressed out reading that because I am totally in the same boat. Take a deep breath, it will all be ok! Remember it is a temporary inconvenience with a wonderful reward at the end.
Keep in mind, even though your remodel may be happening to your kitchen, your contractor may want to set up a small “shop” or work area in your garage or back porch. If you’d like certain parts of your home to remain sacred, talk with your contractor about it before work begins. This will help them establish a plan for your project and make your remodeling experience less stressful.
Your House will get Dirty
This may be a no-brainer for some, to those of you that are shocked it’s another “take a deep breath” moment. Breath in, breath out… your house is going to get dirty. The bottom line is remodeling creates a lot of dust. And floating dust loves to travel all throughout your house.
Our company does take extra measures to keep your home as clean as possible throughout your remodel. We use a BuildClean HEPA Filtration system whenever possible and isolate work areas by using poly sheeting to create a barrier or create temporary walls when necessary. We also work hard to clean up “messes” as we go and leave your home clean at the end of each work day. Even though we feel we go above and beyond to keep your home as clean as possible, it will still get dirty. Know we are doing our best to keep it as clean as possible for you and your family.
You Might Feel like you’re Riding an Emotional Roller Coaster
We all handle stress and emotions differently, but the fact is having a bunch of people tear your house apart is stressful no matter what. I know that sounds dramatic, but when you’re actually living through a remodel you can feel dramatic at times and THAT’S OK! It can be hard to keep your head on straight when your project manager tells you the tile you ordered is on backorder and your end date is going to be delayed. So now your kitchen isn’t going to be done when your Mother-in-law is going to be in town. We get it, that’s stressful! Add work and LIFE to that, I need more coffee just thinking about that.
Accept that you will feel some stress and emotions and allow yourself enough grace to know it will all be ok and it will all be worth it!
It’s ok, you have a Pro on your Side
Thankfully, we work really hard to make sure these things don’t happen often! We’ve been around for over 25-years, we like to think we know what we are doing. 😉 We work very hard to keep you as comfortable as possible while we are tearing your house apart, and we strive to leave you happy when your job is complete in a timely manner.
Remodeling can actually be relatively pain-free, if you communicate. We’ve talked about this before, but I can’t stress how important it is! Before work starts, talk with your contractor about scheduling, dust control, and communication preferences.
Remember, there will be dust, there might be days you feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster, but there will be days you come home to new cabinets that are stunning! Those are the days that make it all worthwhile. Those are the days you start planning your next remodel.