Home Ownership

5 Tips for Living Comfortably During a Remodel

Contractors remodeling a bathroom while the family lives comfortably thanks to these 5 tips

1. Pack and Store Displaced Items

Most contractors will ask homeowners to completely clear the area they will be renovating. But stuffing everything from the basement into the living room can cause a huge disruption to your lifestyle. Devise a plan for packing and storing the contents of the room that’s getting renovated before the contractors begin work. If you don't have a garage, consider renting a storage unit during the renovation. The cost could be worth not having to trip over your wine glasses every day after work.

2. Contain the Chaos

When selecting a contractor, be sure to ask references or check reviews about how clean they left the workspace at the end of the day. Most contractors will use plastic sheeting to seal the area under renovation and contain any dust and debris from the project. If you are doing the work yourself, be disciplined about cleaning up every night to maintain a safe environment and keep the entire house from becoming covered in sawdust.

3. Set up a Mini-Kitchen

A kitchen remodel can be particularly tricky since you won't have easy access to the appliances you use daily. See if you can set up a mini-kitchen in another area of the house that has running water. You might be surprised at how well you can adapt with a mini-fridge, hot plate, microwave and blender. Stock the area with paper plates and plastic utensils for easy clean up. Using your outdoor grill can also be a great alternative if the weather is nice.

4. Pre-Plan Healthy Meals

Even if the kitchen isn't totally out of commission, it can be challenging to cook a healthy meal every night while you're remodeling. Before the project begins, prepare and freeze meals ahead of time that can be easily reheated in the microwave. Also, stock up on healthy grab-and-go fare like fruit, nuts and seeds, peanut butter, string cheese and whole grain crackers.

5. Designate Areas for Kids and Pets

Disruption of the daily routine can be unsettling for both children and pets. And you don’t want them to be underfoot in a construction area. A few days before the project begins, set up a comfortable area away from the project for your pets with all their essentials. That way they have some time to readjust to a new den before dealing with the noise and strangers. If your children’s rooms are part of the renovation project, try to turn it into a fun adventure. Set up a tent for some indoor camping, or make a blanket fort in your bedroom for their temporary home to help them feel safe and comfortable.

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