PREPARE YOUR FAMILY.
Explain to any children in the household what's about to take place and why construction sites are always dangerous, so make sure the kids know to stay clear. Put in temporary doors or gates to keep toddlers and pets out of unfinished areas.
INFORM THE NEIGHBORS.
Noise, debris, and curbside traffic jams are all part of a remodeling. If you have neighbors nearby it can't hurt to warn them. Ask if they have any concerns. They may have a baby that needs a quiet nap or a pet that needs to be kept inside during your work To keep things friendly, offer to let your neighbors use your construction dumpster or pick over your scrap pile. Throw a party when you're done.
BE NICE TO THE CREWS.
Have coffee and doughnuts to offer them in the morning. Then leave them alone. If you have questions or changes, talk to our office staff or crew --not the subcontractors.
DISCUSS MATERIAL STORAGE.
On jobs that take more than a few days, the storage of construction materials in your home, garage, or driveway can be a nuisance. Explore alternatives with your builder beforehand.
After several weeks, even the nicest trades people in your house can become aggravating. For peace of mind and to avoid confrontations later, talk to your builder about starting and quitting times, loud music, bathroom access, and daily cleanup.
Chances are the first crew in on a remodeling will be there demolition or rough framing Don't tempt fate and expect them to tiptoe around a lot expensive cut crystal. Move antiques, furniture, and anything
breakable yourself before work begins
At a minimum, keep valuables locked up, and limit access to areas not affected by the construction.
BE NICE TO YOURSELF
Budget some extra money for rest and relaxation. Take a few day trips to get away. Go to the movies or visit friends in the evenings. And, at least once a day, think about how great everything will look when it's done!