How to Live in Your House during Remodeling

How to Live in Your House during Remodeling Oakland County, 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 establish ground rules, protect possessions, and keep your sanity throughout the process. Continue reading to learn how to live in your house during remodeling. 

Set Ground Rules

Our remodeling contractors are polite and professional while working in your home. However, they can’t read your mind. Let your contractors know your acceptable working hours. For example, if you have small children that go to bed at 6 o’clock, you’ll want to let your contractor know ahead of time so they know when to wrap up for the day. Once a remodeling project is underway, you will not be able to establish working hours as easily.

For this reason, it is important to make clear your preferred timeline with our contractors so everyone is on the same page. 

Defend Against Dust

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 for home remodeling because you don’t have to worry about the winter chill or summer heat.

Because construction dust can also damage furniture and wear away the finish on your hardwood floors, 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.

Protect Possessions

Before the building contractors arrive, make sure you move any items that are fragile, valuable, or meaningful. If you don’t have space to move furniture, you can simply cover objects with plastic to protect them from construction dust. Hardwood floors should also be protected as they can be subjected to gritty dust.

Whether you are planning a kitchen renovation or a bathroom remodel, it’s important to plan ahead to determine what needs to be moved ahead of time. For example, it’s a good idea to remove your TV before you start remodeling your living room. Pictures on your walls should also be removed and stored in a safe location so they do not accidentally fall and become damaged in any way. 

Create a Temporary Kitchen

A multi-purpose 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 that you create a temporary kitchen elsewhere in your home. Our kitchen contractors recommendputting a microwave and mini fridge, if you are able, in a spare bedroom. It is also wise to store a can opener, food, and other kitchen essentials in this other space until your remodeling project is over.

Using disposable plates, cups, and utensils can be a smart move so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of trying to clean and dry dishes somewhere else. You and your family may also choose to eat out more often until the remodeling is finished.

Manage Stress

A home remodel of any kind can undoubtedly be exciting as you wait to see the finished product but sometimes stress can occur as well. While we do our best to keep the process as stress free as possible, it’s natural to want to take a few relaxing moments for yourself. Thesestress management tipsare great for clearing your head and pressing the reset button:

  • Focused, deep breathing
  • Treating yourself to a massage
  • Practicing meditation
  • Doing yoga or some other form of exercise
  • Aromatherapy

Eat Out or Go On Vacation 

Living amidst an ongoing home renovation project can be taxing in the long term. However, there exists a way in which you can spin the situation. If your kitchen is inoperable at the moment, use this time to try out new restaurants or even take that trip you’ve been putting off. Dealing with a house remodeling project can actually end up being the perfect time to check out something new.

Call us Today!

Our Oakland County remodeling contractors work hard so you can enjoy your new remodel or room additions as soon as possible. To schedule your quote for home remodeling, call Visionary Cabinetry & Design at (248) 850-7178.

This blog post has been updated.