What to Expect when Remodeling Your Home

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The time has come for that big remodeling project you’ve been dreaming of to get underway. What can you expect as your home undergoes its transformation?

Step 1: Prep and Demo

“Demo” is short for “demolition”: that means getting rid of the old so you can bring in the new! The crew will rip out old fixtures, cabinets, flooring, and even walls! If you are adding doors and windows to your home, those changes will take place as well.

Before you take hammer to those old cabinets that you hate, you (or your remodeler) should do some prep work. The workers should seal off the construction area with plastic sheeting and tape to keep dust from getting to the rest of your house. They will also use ventilation to keep the dust down as well. The crew should also lay floor protectors to minimize dirt and damage if they will need to walk through other areas of your home to get from the door to the remodeling area.

If your old fixtures and cabinets are in good condition, you can talk to your builder about removing them carefully so you can donate them to a charitable organization like the Habitat for Humanity ReStore or you can look at recycling part or all of the material so it doesn’t up in a landfill.

Step 2: “Behind the Scenes” Fixes

Electrical wiring, HVAC vents and ducts, plumbing pipes… these essentials may need to be rearranged, repaired, or installed during this phase of your project. During this phase, your electric or water may be shut off for periods of time. Ask your contractor ahead of time what you can expect and plan accordingly! Be prepared for some surprises along the way: older homes can contain outdated/unsafe wiring and plumbing materials that you may need to replace. Your contractor should take the time to make sure that your home complies with building codes and is safe for your family.

Step 3: Rough Carpentry and Drywall

If you took down walls during demo, now is the time that new walls will be framed, insulated (in the case of exterior walls), and drywalled. Stay out of the construction area unless it’s absolutely necessary and be sure to alert the workers when you need access. It’s safer to let your renovation experts do their job and minimize interruptions. Do check out progress once or twice a day and compare it to the plans. If you have any questions or concerns, bring them up with your general contractor or the renovator.

Step 4: Install Flooring, Molding and Cabinets, and Priming the Walls

The scope of the project and the contractors’ schedule and preferences will determine the exact order of the items to be done in this step. Look for contractors to prime and/or paint the walls now, to protect your new furniture and fixtures that will be installed later.

Step 5: Finish Work: Installing Countertops, Fixtures, Tilework, Appliances

At last—your dream is almost here! Enjoy watching everything come together. Carefully inspect your new space to make sure everything is the way you want it before the job is officially “done.” Review the original project plans and compare them to what you see. If you have questions for your contractor, this is the time to ask! It also goes without saying that the crew should clean up the site upon completion of the project.

Step 6: Get an Appraisal

Now that life is “back to normal,” it’s a good time to enlist the help of an appraiser to get a new valuation for your home. Even relatively modest remodels can affect your home’s value. The appraiser can help you determine whether your home owners insurance provides adequate coverage for your home in its current condition.

Step 7: Enjoy Time with Family and Friends in your New Space!

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