Most of us are familiar with the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared.” The general idea behind the slogan is that if you’re prepared, you can deal with almost any situation—even if it’s unexpected. That’s not just a great idea for camping and hiking and other typical Boy Scout adventures. It’s a great piece of advice for anyone thinking about remodeling a home in the Naples area.
How can you prepare yourself for a home remodeling adventure? There are three ways in which being prepared can really pay off in terms of making the remodeling experience less stressful and more rewarding.
Preparing the Project: Educating yourself about your particular remodeling project makes it easier for you to make decisions, set a budget and adapt to changes that occur during the project. First of all, that means thinking through what you want to accomplish and what you really want. Maybe you’re after more useable space in your home. Perhaps you’re looking for more comfort. Or you could simply be ready for a change. Whatever your reason for remodeling, you’ll want to have a clear objective in mind—and a good plan for getting there. A great way to establish expectations is to read up on what’s involved (our free Remodeling a House, Creating a Home eBook is a good place to start).
Prepare Your Home: Home remodeling is, by nature, somewhat disruptive. You may not have easy access to a part of your home for weeks. That can really be a challenge—particularly if it’s your kitchen that’s being remodeled. So plan ahead and think about items in your kitchen that you’ll want to be able to get to easily. You may want to set up a temporary kitchen somewhere else in your home so that you can prepare meals and clean up dishes. You’ll also want to plan where to put decorative items or breakables during the process (and if you pack them away, you’ll want to label them clearly so they’re easy to find later). Even the best, most conscientious and meticulous remodelers (like Reed Design Build!) can sometimes create a little dust when working. So you may want to make plans to cover furniture and other items to save extra dusting later.
Prepare Yourself: Remodeling doesn’t just disrupt your home, it also disrupts your life a little bit. Think ahead about how you’re going to deal with people being in your home. If you’re having a master bathroom remodeled, think about how you’re going to get ready in the morning without access to your bathroom. And sometimes you may just want to get away from the construction. You may want to schedule more evenings out than you normally do—just to give yourself some time away from the construction.
The better you are at preparing yourself and your home for the remodeling process, the easier it will be for you. You may not earn any merit badges for your preparedness, but you’ll be a lot more relaxed during the whole process!