A remodeling project is exciting, as you move toward making your house into a dream home. Of course, remodeling is also stressful and, if you’re delving into a project this time of year, the hubbub of the holidays only adds to that stress.
Fortunately, you can lower your anxiety level with these five stress-reducing tips for holiday remodels.
Hire a general contractor
People who manage their own projects often get frustrated by the numerous details, including building codes and various subcontractors. A licensed general contractor is certified in the field and has the experience to help you plan your job from scratch or take over after you’ve finalized a design.
No matter the project, it “can best be handled by the experienced remodeling contractor whose knowledge of materials and methods has been gained by years on the job,” according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
As for subcontractors, go with a general contractor that knows high-quality specialists, instead of one that simply picks the lowest bidders. With a consistent crew of employees instead of a hodgepodge of freelancers, your project will go smoothly.
Looking at contractors’ previous work on websites, reading reviews and meeting in person can help you find someone interested in developing a positive relationship, instead of treating you like a number.
Right off the bat, discuss your remodeling needs, budget, deadlines and project scope. Open communication will eliminate many potential problems and make it easier to deal with issues that pop up.
“Inevitably, there will be some questions you couldn’t have anticipated, but if you communicate well with your contractors, they should, where possible, give you time to make a decision without holding up the project,” according to Houzz.
It helps to have clear ideas of what you want and to communicate them by sharing descriptions, samples and pictures of what you like. If you’re unsure, ask for suggestions, so you’ll end up with a room you love.
Share a schedule
Your contractor is going to become a part of your life for a while, so the more transparent the schedule, the better. Local company Wineteer Construction uses project management software that shares information between its team and you, including scheduling, task management, change orders, documents, photos, warranty and homeowner selections.
“The bonus is that it helps to keep our clients up-to-date on their project status on a real-time basis,” according to Wineteer. “Clients can easily approve designs, view photos and documents, track budgets, make payments, and more.”
A clear schedule will also help you set a realistic timeline. Do your part by telling your contractor when you’ll be out of town for the holidays.
Organize your space
The holidays often mean pulling out items from storage and hosting parties. That may be difficult in the midst of a remodel, so plan ahead. If your attic will be inaccessible, grab the themed dishes well before the big meal you’re hosting, or decorate early to avoid the stress later.
Don’t be afraid of throwing a party at your in-transition home: Embrace the remodel. Your guests may well enjoy seeing the progress you’ve made and hearing your plans, so take advantage and offer tours of the work being done — as long as it’s safe. And, of course, take advantage of catering.
Choose the right company
Wineteer Construction is a family-owned business in Kansas City that understands the importance of doing quality work and respecting your home. It focuses on high-end interior remodeling projects for bathrooms and kitchens and is available for your holiday remodeling project. For examples of its work and to schedule a consultation, visit wineteerconstruction.com.