How to Live in Your House during Remodeling Grand Rapids, MI

Living in a hotel room while your house is being remodeled isn’t always possible. Likewise, we understand that remodeling can be stressful while you’re living at home.

Thankfully, our home remodeling contractors have a few tips to help you continue living your life during a remodel without too much interruption. Let’s take a look at five simple steps you can take to make your home remodel go as smoothly as possible.

1. Establish Some Ground Rules

Most remodeling contractors are polite, accomplished professionals eager to do their job in your home. However, they can’t read your mind.

You’ll want to establish some simple ground rules as soon as possible. Ground rules will keep your remodeling project on track while also protecting your daily life from the whirlwind of construction.

For example, if you have small children that go to bed at six o’clock, let your contractor know that working hours must end at five o’clock. Once a remodeling project is underway, you will not be able to establish working hours as easily.

Ground rules are helpful for both clients and contractors. They help set expectations that both parties agree to meet.

For example, let’s say you ask your contractor to cease working at five o’clock each day. They may let you know they’ll need an extra few days to complete the project if they have to enforce shorter work days for their crew.

A good contractor will help you establish ground rules that work for both your family life and your desired timeline or outcome for the remodel.

2. Section Off Your Living Space

Home remodeling is messy. Almost every phase of home renovation produces dust, which can get sucked into your air ducts and cover everything you own.

Before remodeling, cover your air duct vents with plastic, and (if possible) turn off your heating and cooling systems. Spring and early fall are some of the best times to remodel your home because you don’t have to worry about extreme temperatures.

Construction dust can damage furniture and wear away the finish on your hardwood floors, which is why it’s important to contain as much dust as possible. We recommend sectioning off the livable areas of your home with plastic sheets and painter’s tape. That way, dust has a harder time trying to sneak into living spaces.

3. Protect Your Possessions

In addition to protecting your possessions for dust, you’ll also want to protect them from construction and potential accidents. Make sure to move any fragile, valuable, or meaningful items out of your construction zone.

You’ll also want to take into account which possessions you’ll want accessible during the remodel. For example, you may want to move your TV to your bedroom before you begin remodeling your living room.

4. Create a Temporary Kitchen

A multipurpose room is essential if you’re planning a kitchen remodel. Since you won’t be able to use your kitchen for cooking or cleaning dishes, it’s important to create a temporary kitchen elsewhere in your home.

Our kitchen contractors recommend putting a microwave and a mini fridge in a spare bedroom. Use disposable plates, cups, and utensils to avoid the hassle of cleaning and drying dishes. Make sure to bring non-perishable food items from your pantry as well as any utensils needed to access them (e.g., a can opener).

Remodels can be stressful, so don’t be afraid to prioritize comfort as well as necessity. If you really can’t start your day without a big cup of coffee, make sure to move your coffee maker into your bedroom or spare room before construction begins. 

5. Get Out of the House

Living with an ongoing home renovation project can be too stressful in the long term. Accept that things will have to change for a while, and give yourself permission to get out of the house. 

For example, maybe before the remodel, you made all of your meals at home. During the remodel, don’t be upset if you end up taking the family out for dinner multiple times a week. If it helps your family get through this project, it will be worth it.

You may even want to take advantage of the situation. Try out new restaurants, or take that trip you’ve been putting off. Dealing with a house remodeling project can be the perfect excuse to try something new.

Get Started on Your Home Remodel

Our Grand Rapids, MI, remodeling contractors work hard so you can enjoy your new home remodel as soon as possible. Call Schultz Builders today at (616) 291-2646, or contact us online for more information.

This blog post has been updated.