You’ve finished all the planning and decision making that goes into a home remodel or renovation. It’s been a long process to get to this point, and now all that is left is the actual construction. While the hard part for you is over – all of the decisions planning your home renovation and remodeling with a general contractor and scheduling the project – now you need to prepare your home for your contractor. Preparing your home for a contractor will allow workers to focus on completing the project while minimizing the disruption to your family’s lives. Here are a few tips for preparing your home for construction.
Communicating with your contractor and preparing for workers
The first step is to establish expectations and a communication channel with your contractor. Your contractor should let you know an estimated schedule and which areas of your home workers will need to occupy to complete the project. A high quality general contractor will keep you up to date with construction progress and answer your questions throughout the process. Also discuss with your contractor if there are certain things workers will need during construction, such as restrooms. If you are not comfortable with workers using restrooms in your house, let your contractor know ahead of time in order to allow them to make other arrangements. It is also a nice gesture to provide water and snacks for workers.
Cleaning and clearing out the construction area
Once you know what areas the construction teams will use, you can then start preparing those areas for construction. You should start by cleaning the area so that workers will not need to navigate small items and will easily be able to place protective plastic on floors. Second, you should remove any valuables and decorations in the area including wall hangings, window treatments, and items on tables. The final step is to remove any large furniture items such as couches out of the construction area. It may be a good idea to place them in a nearby public storage facility depending on the duration of construction.
Arranging your schedule
Depending on the work schedule and duration of construction, you will likely have to make adjustments to your family’s routine. This may include re-assigning functional spaces. For example, if you’re remodeling a bedroom, you will likely need to create new sleeping arrangements during construction. You may also need to account for pets, and make arrangements to keep them away from the construction area.
At Mares & Dow Construction, we’ve been serving the Bay Area since 1983, providing General Contractors & Home Remodeling Services. We will walk you through the steps of preparing your home for our workers and will respect your time and property in doing so. If you are planning a home remodel, contact us today!