So You Decided to Remodel Your Home – Will You Survive the Chaos?

You should realize that remodeling your home is a major disruption to your life, and not everyone has the patience they think they will have.  A remodel can affect your day-to-day plans, as well as turn your family’s world upside down with workers invading your home and a lot of dust covering everything in the home.

Many homeowners wonder “why did I ever decide to take on this gigantic task?” – even before the remodel has been completed. Whether you’re already in the middle of your remodel or you’re just pondering having one, here are some tips to keep you from experiencing a sense of mid-remodel regret.

Start Small – While the idea to launch into a full remodel is tempting to get everything done at once, taking the time to prioritize particular aspects of the remodel can make it much less unsettling and easier to control the budget.  You should consider which parts of the remodel are the most pressing as well as which would be the most difficult to deal with. Consider avoiding projects that are excessively difficult such as moving plumbing unless there’s a good reason to take them on. Prioritize everything else so you can complete each project in turn and move onto the big picture over time.

Respect the Construction Zone – There will be a LOT of dust, debris and noxious odors when you remodel. Most contractors will put up plastic sheets and take other precautions to try and keep all of this out of parts of the house where they aren’t working, but there’s only so much that can be done in this regard.  You can cover your furniture or have items moved away from the part of the house that is being worked on.  You can pack away items in sealed boxes so when the remodel is finished the cleanup will be easier. You may even want to put items in a portable storage in front of your home.

Try to plan your time at home so that you aren’t there during the worst of the noise and fumes. Purchase an air filtration system or two that you can put near the work areas to grab as much dust as possible.

Stick to the BudgetOne big issue when remodeling is that the budget tends to go off track and gets bigger. Once the remodel starts, you may find that there are extra bits of spending that are needed to finish the job.  Also there is the temptation to upgrade some of your plans since the newer version wouldn’t cost that much more. All of these little changes can really add up over time. Make a budget for what you want, add about 20% to 25% to account for the unexpected, and then stick with it. If there’s anything that you really want to upgrade but aren’t sure that the budget can handle it, save it until as close to the end as possible before authorizing the cost.

Talk It Out -Communication with your contractors is a key component to making it through a remodel unscathed. This doesn’t mean that you should require them to report every little thing back to you unless there’s a problem that they need your insight or authorization for, you’ll be best served to let the pros do their job. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check in and see how things are progressing, especially if you need to structure part of your day around the work that’s being done. Talking with your contractors regularly helps you to plan your life better around the remodel and saves them the trouble of tracking you down when they need to check with you about something.

Find the right remodeling contractor – contact your Realtor – ME.  I have lists of contractors for different types of remodel jobs and will recommend contractors with a good reputation for the particular remodel you have in mind.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

Author: The Jeff Howard Group powered by Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas

I moved to Las Vegas in 1993 and I have been investing in Real Estate since 2003. I believe in creating win-win scenarios whenever I buy or sell any real estate. I have owned over 50 properties in Idaho, Ohio, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Nevada. Whether you're ready to invest in the Las Vegas valley, or if you want to buy or sell a home here, as your Realtor, I will help you make great decisions and add to your bottom line. Call me today to talk about your next real estate move. 702 SELL NOW (702-735-5669). To see what my past clients have said about my, be sure to visit

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