At Country Creek Builders we think the Boy Scouts had it right when they chose the motto “Always be prepared.” Aside from being proving useful when you’re stranded out in the wild with no food and a bunch of hungry bears, it also applies wonderfully to the remodeling industry (and, well, almost anything else in life), yet many homeowner’s still overlook it. And while we make the process as easy on you as possible with our detailed pricing agreements, extensive project calendar, and guaranteed workmanship, it’s always a good idea to create your own personal preparation checklist as well.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
During a remodel there will likely be many different contractors passing through your home. Having a home base area where you can leave messages, contact information, and a calendar is a great way to keep the communication lines open and your mind at ease. Front or back entryways are an ideal location for the home base since both you and the workers will be able to see it readily every time you enter or exit.
Sure, dogs are a man’s best friend, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a best friend to every man. Blocking off an area for your pet to stay in while you’re away helps keep both your pet and the workers safe by assuring that your animals aren’t exposed to any harmful materials and the contractors aren’t exposed to any of Fluffy’s occasional biting fits.
The more of your possessions you store before the work starts the less you’ll have to clean up afterwards. Though we go to great lengths to keep the work site as clean as possible throughout the process, remodeling projects inevitably lead to a lot of dust. Move all your furniture and possessions out of the area under construction and in the most convenient place possible. Depending on the extent of the project it may be wise to temporarily rent a storage unit if you don’t have enough open space in your garage or basement.