You’ve searched the internet, browsed home improvement stores, flipped through magazines and watch TV shows for inspiration and ideas of all the gorgeous elements of home design and renovation and now you have a feel for the exciting possibilities in your home. They can be great educational sources if you are brand new to renovations and the industry, but what they don’t usually show is the process that you and your home go through and some of the unexpected situations that might make an appearance.
Making the choice to renovate any room in your home is thrilling and exciting and we want you to stay positive throughout the process. However, it’s not all easy breezy but not all doom and gloom either. Here are some straight up honest tips and situations to be aware of and prepare for so that your journey isn’t hindered:
The experience will be great… If You Work With Professionals
Don’t want a reno nightmare to be your reality? We’ve all heard them, disastrous stories of home renovations. Learn from the mistakes of others and don’t let the same thing happen to you. Make sure your experience will be the best it can be by getting to know the most reputable renovation teams in your area.
You’ll want to do your research because the two most common cases for a dreadful home reno are
a) choosing the wrong construction team and
b) a contractor that exists to serve themselves and not their client.
Choose unprofessional or unknown workers and prepare for problems.
If you choose a trusted and established company that will put your needs, wants and budget above everything else, you can expect your home renovation to look sensational upon completion. Look for companies that will openly show you evidence of successful completed projects and provide you with references of previous clients.
A flawless execution of any renovation is rare but if you put your faith in an honest and extremely reputable company then any issues that do arise will be dealt with quickly, efficiently and most importantly, with your best interests at heart.
Expect the Mess
No matter the size, big or small, with any renovation comes dust and mess. This is especially true during the demolition stage. If this comes as a surprise to you, remember it is only temporary and the outcome of it is going to make you so happy! Keep your mind focused on the goal and don’t let the dust get you down!
Dust has the amazing ability to travel far distances and end up in almost any room during a home renovation. If you’re fortunate enough to be working with honest professionals, they know how to block dust from travelling to most areas of your home. Even with blocking dust, expect to be dusting and vacuuming a lot more than usual throughout the process.
The mess will come from new supplies and cutting, and there is just no getting out of that. However, we can’t stress enough that a good team will have your concerns as top priority and thoroughly explain the where, why and how they will clean up and store supplies, mouldings, baseboards, flooring etc.
Noise & Privacy
If you are new to the renovation process, expect a lot of loud noises all day long. The real estate and property renovation shows don’t quite convey the constant level of noise that occurs during the process. So, there is really no way to prepare unless you are familiar with the noise associated with demolition and installation. Some of the noises to expect are hammering, drills, nail guns, saws, and workers calling to each other. The noise is unfortunately unavoidable, but again, keep your mind focused on the goal and the results!
You can do a few things to get around the noise.
Communicate with your contractor regarding schedule and timing. By doing so, you can plan accordingly to be out of the house during the noisiest days.
Set aside a quiet nook in your home where you can relax and retreat for as long as you need.
We know that renos mean noise, but they also mean reduced privacy for sometimes weeks at time. If you are private or quiet person but want that new kitchen, you’ll have to prepare and set yourself up for the best possible outcome. Know that the team will be in your home for long hours at a time and the project manager will need to speak with you on a regular basis. So, set up that quiet nook, book a massage sometime during the process, and go for a coffee with a friend to talk about something other than your reno!
Unexpected Hiccups Mean a Longer Timeline in a Renovation
Your contracting team and project manager will do their best to provide you with an accurate timeline. They will also do everything in their power to stick to the schedule and keep the job moving. Of course, no one can foresee absolutely everything once a job has begun. Especially if you are working on an older home, the issues are more prominent than not. Plumbing issues, asbestos, old flooring, poor renovation attempts from previous owners, and mold are just a few problems that could arise in older homes.
Another common set back is when supplies are unavailable or delayed. If you are having a custom design done for your reno, it can sometimes take longer than planned to speak with the designer.
Delays are what to expect in any home renovation. If you expect and prepare for them all, then you will be happily surprised when things go smoothly.
Good luck with your home renovation! Being prepared makes the journey much more enjoyable!