11 Things You Should Know About Remodeling

Planning on remodeling your home soon? If you are, then you should check out this interesting article on Houzz: 11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel. The article was written by Anne Higuera. She and her husband are owners of Ventana Construction, a full-service remodeling company with a focus on whole-house remodels, additions, kitchens, baths and custom new homes in the Seattle area. The following are eleven things you can expect during a home remodel.

11 Things to Expect During a Home Remodel

  1. Dust
    Even with elaborate ZipWalls, a fine layer of dust can gather in parts of your home far from construction.
  2. Noise
    It will be incessant. Whining saws, scratching Sheetrock sanders and thumping nail guns followed by bellowing compressors: in short, little peace or quiet.
  3. Triumphant highs
    For you it may be the demolition of the ugly vinyl floors in your kitchen. For others it may be the installation of the carefully selected backsplash tile.
  4. Multiple sighs
    Hang in there — remodeling fatigue will be short lived when you get to move back into your newly remodeled space.
  5. The unexpected
    Count on finding something no one could have anticipated in your budget and your time frame, and you will be well prepared when it happens.
  6. Change orders
    The unexpected’s cousin is the change order, by which any new and changed work is documented, along with added or reduced cost.
  7. Cash concerns
    Even if your project is right on budget, the sheer amount of money you are spending may cause a bit of a freakout.
  8. Delays
    You and your contractor will likely be working from a schedule that assumes the world is a perfect place. It’s not.
  9. Decisions
    Count on hundreds of questions that you’ll need to answer as your project proceeds, or select your architect as your proxy.
  10. Outliers
    At the end of your project, expect one or two punch-list items that will take longer to resolve than anything else.
  11. A party!
    Expect that you will want to show off your newly remodeled kitchen, living room or addition.