Things to Consider ​Before ​ Renovating, 5/5: Expectations

Congratulations! You’ve selected the general contractor that’s right for your home renovation project. You’ve taken great care to be prepared for each aspect. But there’s one more tip we should impart to you. You’ll be having guests working at your home soon, so you should be prepared for that. The good news is that unlike Uncle Ned who shows up with little notice and stays until he and Aunt Betty work things out, these guests have a job to do and won’t be staying indefinitely. Nonetheless, to make their work go smoothly and to reduce the friction of the unknown, here are a couple of things to think about.

Communication: Home renovations are routine-disruptive, so you’ll want to communicate with your builder to synchronize things. First, if you will be staying on the property throughout the project, you will have to make adjustments. For instance, builders want to get their work done as quickly and efficiently as possible. That means that they’ll commonly be on the worksite – your home very early in the morning. Oftentimes as early as 7 AM in the morning, commonly just as you and your family are trying to get out the door to work and/or school.

Bathroom/Feet: Your building guests will be on your property as many as eight hours a day for several months. They’ll bring their own food, but will no doubt need lavatory privileges. As part of the communication you have with the general contractor, determine whether it will be best to allow use of your bathrooms or whether an outhouse will be required. Most contractors and their subcontractors are considerate of your home flooring and will have feet protectors or “booties” that they’ll use to enter and exit to leave as little footprint as possible.

Hours & Parking: The general contractor, his employees and subcontractors will be coming and going throughout the project. To minimize inconvenience, speak with the contractor about a starting time that will meet your mutual needs. Sound/Mess As hard as the crew will work to keep the noise and mess to a minimum, dust will be a regular byproduct of the work that’s going on. Expect it.

Neighbors: It won’t be long before your neighbors are aware that there’s work going on at your home. But, you can be proactive about letting them know it’s happening before the likely yard sign and work trucks appear. Why say something? If you live on a narrow street or should there be a need for more parking – you have the opportunity to reduce any potential tension. It never hurts to maintain your neighborly reputation.

Additional things will no doubt come to mind, but in the same manner as you’ve been creating notes and items in your home-inventory “bin,” you’ve been collecting we’ve discussed since throughout this conversation, maintain a running checklist and communicate with your contractor. He’s got a vested interest in making your customer experience the best it can be.