Preparing for Remodeling – A Survival Guide

Prepare for that Remodel

Can you picture what it would be like to have unexpected guests in your home – guests that arrive suddenly, talk loudly, and act strangely? Now you are picturing the average remodeling project!

Royal Oak Kitchen & Bath, Remodeling your Kitchen or Bath | A survival guide

Don’t despair! Forward planning will spare your sense of humor and sanity. Front load your communication with the builder at the start, voice your concerns, and set your boundaries. Some of our team may be smokers. We have asked them to take it outside and to clean up after themselves. They are expected to leave no messes.

Maintain the basics

Although your house may be disrupted, your family still needs to carry on with normal life that includes the basic amenities – food, water, sleep, and electricity. It’s a good time to plan for contingencies:

  1. Set up a secondary kitchen with the microwave, refrigerator, utensils, and paper plates. It’s just like camping!
  2. Stock up on bottled water in case the plumbing is shut down temporarily. We will do our best to keep this to a minimum.
  3. Treat yourselves to a dinner at a restaurant.
  4. Don’t take the temporary dust too seriously; wait until it’s all finished before deep cleaning. Let your guests know that you are willing to live with this temporarily and keep your eye on the prize. No pain – no gain!
  5. Store your valuables and breakable accessories out of the way of construction dust, which will find its way into everything! Cover computers, roll up costly rugs, seal air vents in unused rooms.
  6. Save the plants! If we are working outdoors near them, consider potting and moving them temporarily to spare them.
  7. Give your neighbors a heads-up so they won’t think the workmen are intruders! We make every effort to keep the noise down so they won’t be disturbed.
  8. Inform the project manager of any family members with health issues that may be sensitive to construction dust and odors. We take precautions to seal off the area, but those that are extremely affected may need to spend some time away from the home at critical times.
  9. We do our utmost to maintain the planned schedule, but please be aware that product availability, design changes, and weather can throw a monkey wrench into the best laid plans. Keep talking to us and we’ll do the same!

Fasten your seat belt — it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Sometimes things look worse before they get better. Remodeling is an up-and-down-and-up experience. Demolition is exhilarating – “Now we are getting somewhere!” Dust is messy, but oh, the finished product. It’s worth the wait. “This, too, shall pass.” Life will be so much easier when it’s all done.
And sometimes, none of these difficulties will happen. We wanted to prepare you for the worst and hope for the best.
Please be patient with us. We know the noise and dust can be irritating. Stay composed with your family and the team, and if need be, ask us to take a break for a day or two so you can regroup.
Make a plan for some fun activities away from home. It’s therapeutic!

Be easy to find!

Your project manager needs to be able to contact the decision maker in your family for quick decisions. You can help by giving us your cell phone number and by being readily available. We do our best to plan, but the unexpected will make communication with you necessary and it really helps if we can all remain flexible.

Royal Oak Kitchen & Bath is here to serve…

…and we’ve been serving our clients for 60 years! This is not our first rodeo and we are delighted that you have chosen us. We have full confidence that you are going to love your new kitchen or bath. Let’s get started!