What to Expect During the Construction Phase of Your Remodel

Posted on:  August 5, 2016

Your design is complete, the selections have been made and now it’s time for the construction stage of your remodel to begin. Depending on the complexity of your project, this phase can take weeks to several months. Many homeowners really enjoy this time in the process since they can see things starting to take shape. The JMC team likes to prepare our clients for construction by providing the following list of expectations.

    1. It’s going to be dusty. It’s impossible not to have dust when remodeling a home, but it is possible to minimize it. Plastic partitions and daily clean up by your construction team will help to contain much of it within the main work areas. Depending on the complexity of your remodel, a temporary wall might be built to completely close off the renovation area from the rest of your home. Adding a few air filtering systems to your home can help to pull dust out of the air.
    2. Expect noise. Hammers, drills, sanders, nail guns and other assorted tools and machines will be in use, so you can count on hearing a lot of banging and buzzing. A set of noise cancelling headphones might cut the noise substantially, but if you want some real peace and quiet consider heading to a friend or neighbor’s house or to the local park or library.
    3. There might be a surprise along the way. We try to minimize the unexpected, but there are times when faulty wiring, plumbing issues, and other dangerous conditions may be uncovered during demolition. This is most common in older homes and those that have been renovated in the past, especially by well-meaning do-it-yourselfers.
    4. Weather and the unexpected surprise could cause a delay. A reputable remodeling firm will want to keep your project on schedule, but a major snowstorm or fixing unexpected problems can cause a short delay. Your remodeler should be able to provide you with an adjusted schedule if this occurs.
    5. Punch list items. When your project is completed, your remodeler should do a walk through with you to make sure that everything has been completed as expected. You can anticipate that a few minor items will need to be adjusted such as a plumbing fixture, hardware adjustment or paint touch up.
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