How to Survive a Home Remodeling or Renovation

You’ve picked a great contractor, decorator, or remodeler. The crew is coming in on Monday to do the work. You can hardly wait to see the remodeled kitchen, new hardwood floors, or freshly painted living room.

But there’s one thing that can put a damper on all your enthusiasm: the work itself.

Dust. Loud noise. Renovation debris. Work people tracking dirt in and out of your home. It can all add up to a not-so-great feeling about the renovation or remodeling.

That’s why it’s important to have a discussion with your contractor, decorator, or remodeler before the work begins so you understand how the work will actually be done and so you can set some ground rules.

Here are some key questions to ask:

  • What are the names of the people on the work team?
  • What are their hours?
  • Who will be in charge of the work team when you are not on site?
  • What steps do you take to reduce dust and dirt in the home during the project?
  • Is the job area cleaned up at the end of each day?
  • What is your policy regarding smoking and eating on site by your work team?

Getting answers to these questions up front will help avoid unpleasant surprises.