Thinking about remodeling part of your Minnesota home? Do you have questions and concerns about what a remodeling project is actually like and what to expect? You have come to the right place! Everyone has heard many stories about their friends and family doing remodels and having to completely change their way of life until it is done: doing dishes in the bathroom or laundry room sink, cooking meals on hot plates in the garage, storing all of their food in the garage or laundry room fridge. It seems crazy but knowing what you and your home will go through will reduce stress throughout the project.
When planning a remodel in Minnesota, one of the first things that come to mind is how much time the project will take. Permits, inspections, scheduling, and building – just a few of the many aspects of a remodel and all of these things take time. It is important to realize that you never know exactly how much time a new project will take. Because of this, start as early as you can. When you are starting to work on the design, make sure permits are being pulled and scheduling starts to take place. Remember, be flexible with the deadline. You do not want the contractors to feel rushed otherwise the overall quality of the work may go down.
When the materials start to arrive for your project, consider where everything will be stored until they start going into place. Your Minnesota contractors need a staging area for all of the materials. Many people will use their garage or driveway. If this is the case, plan ahead for where your car will be parked during that time. If your garage is not available to get some of the items that need to be protected from rain and other weather conditions, you will need somewhere else secure and weatherproof for those materials. Some people rent a temporary storage container that can be delivered to your property and secured.
If you are doing a kitchen remodel, many homeowners directly think, “Where will we cook and do dishes?” It is important to work with what you have. Set up the fridge in the laundry room or garage. Some homes have an additional fridge already, so this eases the concern of keeping food. Some people may set up an electric range in their garage. If you do this, be sure to keep it away from oily rags or anything else that is flammable. A toaster oven, microwave, and a hot plate in your laundry room or garage will likely get you and your family through most meals. Maybe this is a good chance for your family to get out and try some of the restaurants that you have been meaning to try.
Doing a bathroom remodel? If you are remodeling one bathroom, you likely have another bathroom available to use. However, it is important to think about how everyone’s morning and evening routines may have to change. If you have a family and are going to do a bathroom remodel, sit down ahead of time and inform everyone of the changes and listen to what each person’s schedule may be like. This will save you unneeded stress during the remodel.
If your Minnesota home is getting an extensive remodel, your front yard is going to look a lot different than it normally does. This is expected! It just takes some getting used to. You will see Snap Construction trucks and trailers parked in your driveway or along the street, most likely a dumpster, pallets of materials, and debris. During a remodel, it is important to be cautious of materials that are sitting out; Snap Construction will do our best to keep everything as clean as possible. During a remodel, remember to let your neighbors know what is going on ahead of time. It is polite to do this and your neighbors will likely thank you in the long run.
When your home is getting a remodeling project done, this turns into a construction zone. There will be loud noises and people constantly coming and going during the day. They are doing their job to help give your home it’s perfect remodel, but consider what this means for you. If you work during the day, this likely will not be much of a problem. But if there is a stay-at-home parent with kids who need a nap at some point, plan ahead to go to a friend’s house or a park for a break during the day. Workers may play music while working. If this bothers you or your children, do not be afraid to tell them to turn down the music or turn it off for a certain time during the day.
Another thing to keep in mind is that contractors will show up at your house to work early in the morning at times. You need to be available to them for any questions or concerns. If you are not a morning person, this may take getting used to, but remember that the project will not last forever and it will be worth it in the end.
These are just a few things to think about when remodeling. There are many more tips and Snap Construction would be happy to help you and answer all of your questions! Snap Construction can help with your remodeling needs, Minneapolis roofing needs, siding, windows, gutters, and more! Give Snap a call today to schedule an appointment for a free estimate!