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Surviving a Home Re-Model

Date: June 13, 2011

The good news is that you're finally getting the house of your dreams. The downside is that you might need to live through months of re-modelling to get there. Living through a home re-model can be stressful but if you're prepared, you can make it easier on the whole family.
Some useful tips to help you and your family get through the re-modelling process are as follows:
         Planning Ahead:
o    Find out how long the remodel will take, think about how the work will disrupt your life and make contingencies for it.
o    It is also a good idea to make plans in case something goes wrong i.e. power outage, plumbing emergency or some other circumstance that might necessitate a move to other premises for a few days.
         Establish Ground Rules:
o    Talk to the contractor about what hours and which days of the week the crew will work, it will make it easier to plan your life around the renovation.
o    Consider getting a portable toilet for the contractors so that yours remain available or restrict access to a particular toilet.
o    Identify any parking restrictions you wish to impose, e.g. no parking on the drive or in front of the house except for unloading.
o    Identify areas were materials can be stored so that they are both accessible yet pose no risk to you or your family, particularly young children and family pets.
         Set up a Living Area:
o    Agree with the contractor which entrances are to be sealed/covered in order to avoid getting dust in the rest of the house, this will also establish a living area.
o    If you�re having your kitchen remodelled consider setting up a temporary kitchen with a microwave and hot plate and allocate a sink for washing dishes.
o    Stock up on bottled water and paper plates and cups. You'll need them if you lose the use of your plumbing at some point.
         Store Your Belongings:
o    Put away anything breakable and delicate. Even if your china cupboard or display cabinet isn't in the work area, vibrations from equipment and or banging can cause things to crack or fall. If you can�t move some pieces of furniture, cover them with drop clothes so they won't get coated in dust.