01 May Getting Ready For Your Remodel
PLANNING YOUR REMODEL
Big Decision Time
Should I stay or Should I go?
1) Ask yourself what you’re willing to live with and have a realistic view of what you’ll be living through.
If you stay are you?:
1) Are you slowing down the progress – time = $.
2) Creating dangerous living conditions for your family?
3) Making the workmen uncomfortable by creating a tense environment?
4) Willing to live with the dust, noise, and constant inconvenience of a remodel.
5)Can the work be scheduled during a scheduled vacation time?
Preparing the family-
If you’re redoing your kitchen –create a temporary kitchen.
Plan on eating out at least 1 or 2 times a week.
Plan on being away from the noise and confusion with the kids – take them to a movie or to visit grandma.
Protect your relationship with your significant other-
1)Respect each other’s opinion and needs.
2)Don’t forget the pets – they’re living through this too.
Preparing for the project
1) If possible dedicate a staging area for material storage, port o let, dumpster.
Why Temporary Facilities
1) Control where the workmen go
2) Loss of production time when they have to leave the site.
3) Respect for neighbors when locating.
If you allow use of powder room
1) Remove towels and personal meds.
2) Arrange with contractor for weekly clean-up.
3) Make sure 2 roles of hand towels are available to workmen
4) Make sure the floor is covered with a layer of plastic and paper and that it is maintained.
Off limits areas
1) Designate off limits and privacy areas.
2) Install a keyed deadbolt in place of a door knob on a closet and store valuables. Only homeowner has key.
1) Designate a closet and install a keyed lockset in place of the door knob.
2) Store jewelry and other such valuables off site.
3) Unplug phones and computers to keep unwanted users and prying eyes at bay.
Crooks are clever
1) Alley ways are prime entry points for bad guys, they cruise them looking for opportunities to enter properties or steal from vehicles.
2) Install secure gates with locks. Temporary chain link fences are a phone call away.
3) Ask questions when you see people you don’t recognize and make sure your contractors people are keeping track of whose coming and going.
1) Sometimes workers don’t recognize what belongs to whom and will inadvertently grab something and throw it in his truck. Try to keep them out of your garage or at least keep your tools separate. Things that go missing most often – ladders, brooms, measuring tapes, and shovels.
Off limits Area
1) Dedicate an off limits area in the house where no workmen are allowed.
Hours of operation
1) Establish hours of operation and hold the contractor to it.
2) Post a sign on every exterior door with the contact information for the contractor and a “Do Not Disturb” notice. Include hours of operation and have the sign printed in English and Spanish.
Preparing the neighbors for your remodel –
1) Notifying your neighbors is not only polite but can really save a lot of grief. The strange sounds, smells, and motions will affect their pets and kids too.
2) Things to address with your contractor – loud music, loud foul language, garbage, food left overs that draw rats, placement of chemical toilet.
3) Give your neighbor the contact info of your contractor in case there’s a problem when you’re not home.
1) Can be a huge problem in crowded neighborhoods. Arrangements might have to be to drop off tools and park around the corner. Occasionally when multiple projects are being done on the same street traffic control becomes a real issue.
2) No parking signs should be placed where appropriate.
Protection inside the home: it is your contractor’s responsibility to check the safety of the workmen and you.
Dust Control – there’s no such thing in a remodel. Like an old friend of mine once told me “ I can screw the lid on a mason jar and leave on the job and it will have dust in it at the end”
The only way to control dust just a little is to clean and sweep every day.
1) Air Filters – use pleated filters and tape them over return and supply vents throughout house. Make sure the tape is sealed and check often. Change regularly.
2) A good seasoned professional will clean up his work area at the end of every day.
3) Floor protection can be a combination of plastic and paper. 1/8” hardboard is inexpensive and very durable.
Safety inside the home
1) Bad things can happen when workmen use faulty equipment such as bad electrical cords, unsafe tools, unshielded light bulbs, and rickety ladders. Your contractor’s job is to not allow these things to happen.
2) Workmen get used to being around boards with nails in them and messes – but it shouldn’t be brought into your house.
1) Zipper walls are plastic barriers with zippers tapped in them. They work for a while but will eventually fall apart and are cumbersome to use. Ask your contractor about other methods such as flap overlay plastic.
2) Sticky mats – tacky cloth and foot mats can be used at doorways to wipe dust from shoes – most dust is tracked in.
Fresh air during painting and other fumie work –
1) Ask your contractor about low VOC paints and finishes. Almost all of these finishes come in some type of water based or acrylic based products and have much less fumes.
2) If you have to use smelly products try to schedule time away and make sure the contractor is ventilating properly.