While a major North Caldwell and Upper Saddle River, NJ, home renovation is an exciting endeavor, there will be a transitional phase if it is your current home or you are eagerly waiting to move into the house once it’s finished. Home remodelers suggest these strategic ways to get ready for the changes ahead so that you aren’t caught off guard.
Start with an Adaptive Attitude
The beginning of a successful home remodel starts with having a flexible, adaptive attitude in the process. Remember that the outcome will be worth any unexpected surprises. Prepare for the fact that not everything will go according to plan but that your home remodelers have your back the entire time. They are experts at handling any unexpected issues that may arise (surprises are often discovered when walls come down). They will promptly assess any problem and apply a solution that will keep your home renovation project on course.
Use the Opportunity
Preparing for a major home renovation can be the ideal time to get rid of items that you no longer want. It can be all too easy to hold onto furniture, mail, clothing, and other items that really should have been discarded long ago when you have been living in a home for many years.
Preparing for a remodel can give you the incentive to assess what you want to keep and donate, recycle, or sell those items you no longer need. This serves two purposes. The first can be to clear away things you have never had a chance to throw out. The second purpose can be that once the renovation is complete, you can start with a blank slate that is no longer cluttered with items you are unlikely to use again.
Focus on Organization
Keeping your information organized and easy to locate can reduce stress.
Ideas: Create a folder on your laptop or in your favorite photo app for storing your ideas for the renovation. This can be the ideal place to keep pictures that inspire you and note you may have as you contemplate how you want the finished house to look.
Contracts: Keep digital contracts and all receipts in a folder, too. This can be an excellent way to ensure that you have what you need for warranties, supply reorders, and items that you need to keep track of information for any purpose.
Calendar: Keep meetings, dates for choices like appliances, paint color, etc., and other pertinent information in a digital calendar so nothing sneaks up on you. Having the ability to look at the renovation calendar on Sunday, for example, can help you to prepare well for the following week. When your calendar is digital, you may be able to share it with your contractor and others who can add important information for you.
Make a Plan for Children and Pets
Remember that not only will your schedule be disrupted but that feeling can be magnified for your children and pets. Think through ways to keep their daily lives as normal as possible.
For instance, planning ahead for playdates and fun things to do together as a family can take the focus off the organized chaos at home. Consider a safe place for your family pets to retreat when they feel overwhelmed.
Your renovation contractors can be a valuable resource when preparing for a large-scale remodel. This is what they specialize in and their suggestions for preparation and minimizing the stress can be what you need to come out on the other side of the project excited to live in your “new” space.