6 Tips to Protect You and Your Family During the Home Remodeling Process

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For anyone looking to take on a large project like home remodeling, kitchen or bathroom redesign, or adding a porch or in-law suite, for example – here are six things for the top of your home improvement to-do list.

Be realistic about the project timeline. Though we all have good intentions and we like to hear the best-case scenarios, life isn’t always that simple, and unfortunately neither is a remodeling project. It is important to ask every contractor, from whom you get a quote, for an honest estimate of how long the project will take – with no sugarcoating, no rose-colored glasses.

Better check the weather. Depending on where you live, rainy days may still be frequent in spring and summer months, and depending on the length of time your remodeling project will take, you may need to protect all or part of your home from the elements, as well as, from contractors tracking the elements into your home. Make sure you take this possibility into account before and during the remodeling process.

Don’t forget about winter too soon. The weather may be warming up but if your remodeling project requires new doors, windows, or changes to exterior walls, be sure to discuss insulation and energy efficiency options with your contractor. You don’t want to be left in the cold come winter time.

Make sure to get it all in writing. Your agreement with your contractor should specify who’s responsible for cleanup during and after the remodeling project is done Responsibility for protection of your property from construction damage should also be clearly spelled out, too.

Give your insurance agent a call. Home remodeling often increases the value of your home, so you’ll want your insurance coverage to come up to speed with the improvements. Your agent can also tell you if you’ll be covered in case of problems like weather damage during the remodeling, injuries to workers, and other unexpected events.

Get out, if you can. During the construction process, there may be times where fumes or dust give you no choice but to stay with family, friends, or a local motel for short periods of time. But some projects, kitchen remodeling for example, often deny homeowners the use of major appliances and drinking water, etc. Rather than setting up a temporary kitchen in the spare bedroom, it might be easier to crash with the in-laws for a couple of weeks, and spring for their groceries as well as yours.

Plan ahead. This key to success, in so many areas of life, is just as important for remodeling projects. Taking time to plan before you start a major home improvement won’t just increase the value of your home. It will bring you peace of mind as well.

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