While a home renovation project is certainly exciting, it can take quite a toll on your mind, body, and house. All home renovation projects can take a significant amount of time, as there is often a lot involved in a renovation project. From the design process to the construction process to the finishing touches, an involved project can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, and in some cases, even a year or more.

Here are five ways to prepare yourself and your home for a remodel:

  1. Communication

One of the most important parts to keeping your sanity during a home renovation project is staying in communication with your contractor, once you find a good contractor. Regardless of whether you are just adding additional landscaping to your Heron Ridge Estates home, or undergoing something larger, such as a kitchen or bathroom remodel, it is imperative there is a solid line of communication between you and your contractor. They will keep you informed in the decisions and progress, and you can ask them any questions you have regarding the construction.

  1. Clear the Areas

Any area that is going under construction should be completely cleared out, even if only a portion of the space is being remodeled. Not only is an empty space easier for contractors, as it gives them more space to work with and spread out their tools, it also protects your precious items from being broken or getting dirty amidst the construction.

Five Ways to Prepare for a Home Remodel

  1. Create Pathways

Because there will be a lot of heavy foot traffic in your home between both your family and contractors, it is a wise idea to create easily accessible pathways from the area under construction to the outdoors. Additionally, if the remodel requires the contractors getting into the basement, garage, or attic, creating a clear traffic area for them will help keep the project moving as efficiently as possible.

  1. Safety

Because of the dangers of construction, including heavy power tools, keep children and pets away from the construction zone. Designate an area your children can play in, and keep an eye on your pets when they are inside.  This not only protects your children and pets, but also protects the construction workers from an accident.

  1. Allergies and Dust

Construction zones can create a lot of dust, which can flare up any allergies you and your children may have. Not only does dust happen in the demo phase of the remodel, it can also come in from the outside, especially if the remodel has left any areas of the house temporarily exposed to the outside elements. The best way to stay on top of the dust is to lay down large plastic tarps to collect the dust on, and to avoid using any fans or AC while the contractors are sanding or tiling to keep the sawdust as centrally located as possible.

These five tips can help you prepare for the remodel up ahead.