- If you're doing a kitchen remodel, consider how much you will eat out as opposed to cooking on the grill outside or on a portable stove in your house. If you have a grill, then that's ideal because it's outside and easy to use. When using portable cookware at some odd place in your house (like near the bathroom so you can use the sink) is sometimes becomes a hassle and can create a mess as well. Many of our clients end up eating out more often than not due to the remodeling project. If that is your choice, be sure to account for those meals in your budget.
- Try to keep your appliances all in one place like the garage. It would be ideal for you to create some type of make shift kitchen to use while the project is going so you can save as much money as possible rather than eating out like mentioned above.
- Acquire bins to organize all your pantry items. That way you don't feel completely disorganized or confused because you can't find anything or it's all over the place.
- Get paper items for the time that you will not be able to use your kitchen. It will be much easier than washing your dishes in the bathroom sink which is usually smaller.
- Decide what bathroom you will use and what bathroom subs can use (if its different) so that you can set aside everything you need while the house is rearranged for a few weeks.
- You could always get a portable toilet if you don't want them using your bathroom but that will cost more money that will need to be added to your budget.
- Make sure you have storage space to put all the bathroom essentials until your new bathroom is done.
- Make sure to let your neighbors know what's going on.
- Understand the front of your house may get cluttered with dumpsters, trucks/cars, debris and materials from subs.
- Know if your garbage man will collect debris or know if you have to go to somewhere to drop it off. Some remodelers may remove everything for you but some may not. Be sure to find out!
- If you're a stay at home parent and have younger kids or work from home consider where you will work during the day while the subs are at your house. This could be at a friend's/family's house for a bit while some (or most) of the work that day is being done.
- Make sure you're available to answer questions and that things are going as planned by staying in communication with the remodelers you hire.
- Know your HOA guidelines for this process. For example, find out if there's a guideline of when the workers can actually work and if there's any days where they can't.
Hope these tips help ease the inconveniences that come from the remodel process. We are here to help!
Til next time,