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How to Prepare for a Remodel

At Hatfield (now Alair Homes- Plano) Builders & Remodelers, we pride ourselves on making the vision you have for your home come to life. Our team is with you every step of the way, from design and demolition to construction and the final touches.

While a well-executed renovation can offer gorgeous results, we know that there is no way to snap your fingers and have your dream home completed overnight. Remodeling is a process that takes time, patience, and energy from everyone involved.

To help you make the process as painless and rewarding as possible, here are some tips and tricks on how to prepare for a remodel.

How to Prepare Your Home for a Remodel: 5 Tips

As you work with your remodel team to design your new floorplan and make all of the decisions for your new space, here’s what you can do on your own to get your home ready for construction:

Tips on Preparing for a Remodel: PackingTip 1: Pack Up the Areas That Will Be Remodeled

Remove and pack all personal items, so your space is ready for work. Don’t forget to remove wall hangings, fixtures you want to keep, and anything valuable from the space. After you’ve packed, it’s a good idea to do one more walk through to be sure you’ve removed and packed everything.

Tip 2: Rent Storage, If Needed

If you’re remodeling your entire home or you simply don’t have extra storage space in your home for your packed items, rent a storage pod or space for the duration of the project.

Tip 3: Make Sure You Have Easy Access to the Necessities

Designate an area for the items you need and use day to day, like your toiletries, clothing, electronic equipment, chargers, etc. This can make your life a whole lot easier when construction gets underway.

Tip 4: Set Up Temporary Areas, If Needed

If you’re planning on staying in your home during the remodel, create temporary spaces for the activities you need to do daily. Make sure these are set up where you’ll have enough privacy, electricity, water access, and anything else you need to stay comfortable.

How to Prep for a Remodel: Donate to CharityTip 5: Call a Charity to Pick Up Items for Donations

If you’re donating extras or items you’ll be replacing as part of your remodel, coordinate with the charity ahead of time.

Planning for these items to be picked up before the remodel begins can ensure they’re not in the way when construction gets underway.

It can also help you avoid more stress later because there will be fewer things for you to manage, move, and take care of.

How to Prepare Yourself & Your Family for a Remodel: 5 Things to Consider

Preparing the remodel plans and your home are just a couple of elements of the planning stage that can make the whole process a lot easier when it’s time to start construction. Another major aspect that’s extremely helpful to prepare for is how and where you and your family will live during the process. Specifically, this comes down to whether you need to prepare to stay in your home or make plans to stay elsewhere.

As you’re making this important decision, here are some essential factors to consider:

1. Remodel Plans

Are a few or many spaces in your home going to be worked on at the same time? Do the plans call for remodeling certain areas one after the other? If multiple areas will be undergoing construction simultaneously, moving out during the project is usually the best way to avoid major day-to-day disruptions in your routine.

How to Prep for a Remodel: Consider the Noise2. Noise

Are you sensitive to noise? Does anyone in your family become alarmed or uncomfortable around loud noises?

Remodels aren’t typically quiet projects. They’re noisy, and the noise can persist day after day, week after week, or longer (depending on the scope of your remodel).

So, if loud noise will be disturbing for you and your family to live with day to day, again, moving out during the project will likely be a good idea.

3. Dust

Does anyone in your family have allergies or respiratory issues? Remodels generate a lot of dust. So, you’ll likely want to stay somewhere other than your home during the remodel if dust will exacerbate health issues or cause you discomfort

Should I Move Out During a Remodel? Think About Your Pets...4. Pets

If you have pets, do you think the remodel would be upsetting for them?

Pets may find the noise, dust, and new people in your home (the construction team) alarming. While that can cause your pet to act out, it can also mean more stress on you during the entire process.

So, consider finding a more pet-friendly place to stay during your remodel. This can be essential to minimizing the disruptions to your life, as well as your pet’s life, during the project.

Planning for Your Family During a Remodel5. Comfort

Even if you think your family and pets can handle the noise, dust, and other things that come with remodels, how comfortable do you really think you’ll be living in your home while it’s under construction?

Most people find that they’re far more comfortable moving out and living somewhere else while their remodel is happening. Planning for this ahead of time can make your life and your family’s life a lot easier during the entire project.

3 Other Things You Can Do to Prepare for a Remodel

If you want to go the extra mile and make sure you and your family are fully prepared, here are a few more things you can do before the project kicks off.

How to Prep for a Remodel: Talk to Your Kids1. Talk to Your Children

Home construction can be disruptive to smaller children, especially if your family will be displaced during the project.

Explaining what’s going to happen and why you’re doing the remodel can put kids at ease and get them excited about the project!

2. Talk to Your Neighbors

Let them know about your project and how long it’s expected to last. A little head’s up can go a long way to preserving a good relationship with your neighbors.

3. Be Ready to Keep the Lines of Communication Open

With your remodel team and your family, open communication is vital to setting the right expectations, eliminating confusion, and reducing everyone’s stress levels.

Partner with Trusted Experts for Your Remodel: Contact Hatfield (now Alair Homes- Plano) Builders & Remodelers Today

Are you ready to make your dream home a reality? If so, Team Hatfield (now Alair Homes- Plano) is ready to partner with you for your remodel project! We offer comprehensive remodeling services, from room additions and small remodels to whole-home renovations.

Your dream home design is only a call or click away! To get your remodeling project started, simply call at 214-281-8800 or contact us online now.

We also invite you to check out some of our before and after project photos, as well as our excellent client reviews, to see why we’re a leading choice for remodeling services in and around Plano, Richardson, and the North Dallas areas!

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