- Decide in advance where you'd like installers to store their tools.
- Dust! Theres just no way to avoid it. If you have a fish tank or electrical equipment in close proximity to the workspace, make sure they are well covered.
- Use plastic sheeting and tape to seal off doorways into other rooms.
- Move all pictures, mirrors, and furniture away from the walls of adjacent rooms. Vibrations from construction could cause damage.
- Don't forget about your pets! If there isn't an area in your home to keep them safely away from construction, especially during certain phases, it may be the perfect time to treat your pet to a vacation at the kennel or a play date at a friends home.
- If you are installing new cabinets, before they arrive choose a safe, enclosed area for your cabinets and appliances to be delivered to. The garage is generally a good location.
- Kitchen remodel? As a fond farewell to your old kitchen, spend some time in it. Cook family favorites and throw them in the freezer youll thank yourself later!
- Pack up the room well before the remodeling beings. While its a great time to spring clean your shelves, dont forget to label your boxes well. This will make the unpacking process a lot easier.
- Items that are fragile should be marked accordingly and stored in an area away from the construction.
- If youre remodeling your bathroom, pretend youre going on a trip keep hairdryers, toothpaste, and face wash accessible.
- In the weeks before the work begins, keep a list of all the restaurants you've been meaning to try. When the microwave gets old, your list will come in handy for a quick escape!
- Plan a location outside of the remodeling area to act as your temporary kitchen. Make sure that it includes:
- A refrigerator. Small, dorm-type units often work best and often have freezer spaces for storing frozen dinners.
- A microwave. Don't forget to stock up on microwave-safe dishes and microwaveable meals.
- A kitchen sink. Consider where your water source will be in relation to your temporary kitchen. Stock up on bottled water. You may need to wash dishes in the bathtub, so make sure you keep cleaning supplies, trash bags, and dishtowels handy.
- The coffee maker. Keep filters and coffee close at hand.
- Utensils. Don't pack away everyday items like can openers, sharp knives, and bottle openers.
- A dining area. Set up a table for eating and food preparation, preferably near your microwave and refrigerator.
- The essentials. Tell your kids you're picnicking. Use paper plates, napkins, and disposable silverware. Ordinary items like condiments, cereal, and salt and pepper should be easily accessible.