The design work’s done, the plans are approved and you’re about to start your Great Falls remodeling project. The construction phase has plenty of challenges. From choosing fixtures and furnishings to having your family’s typical routine disrupted, it’s hard not to feel a little apprehensive. Arming yourself with the knowledge of what to expect will help lessen your fears and make you better prepared for what’s in store.
At Foley, we want our clients to feel they’re always welcome to drop by the site to check on how everything’s going, and to ask any questions they may have. Yes, it’s your home, but the area being remodeled is considered a worksite. For safety’s sake and for keeping the project on schedule and budget, keep these tips in mind when visiting your remodeling project on site.
Establish Open Communication
Over the years, we’ve developed a remodeling process that truly works. Great Falls homeowners who have put their trust in us know our goal is to deliver to them the home they’ve dreamed of. Feel free to ask us about anything you don’t understand or may be worried about. Clear communication always ensures a smooth-running project.
Expect Dust and Noise
Even with the most meticulous preparation, dust can make its way into other parts of your home. You can help control it by closing off the construction area from the rest of the house as much as possible. Air filtering systems can help, as can blocking the warm and cold air returns in the construction area (check with your HVAC pro). What with whining saws, thumping nail guns, and sheetrock sanders, it will be noisy. If you work from a home office near the construction area, you may want to temporarily relocate.
Trust the Point Person
Before your Great Falls remodel begins, someone will be designated as the point person for you to contact when you have questions or concerns. Over the course of the project, there will be different subcontractors coming and going. Let your point person be the one who relays messages back and forth with them and you. This lessens the chance of miscommunication and confusion.
Expect Highs and Lows
There will be times you’re thrilled with the progress. Demolition of dated flooring and cabinets can be exciting, as can installation of state-of-the-art appliances and a beautiful backsplash. There will also be times you just want everything to be done. You want your house back! Those are the times to remember all the highs – trust that your remodeling fatigue will be short-lived and you’ll soon get to enjoy your new space.
Plenty of Decisions
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of decisions to be made. From outlet and light fixture placement to choosing from the multitude of hardware finishes, there will be plenty of questions to be answered.
The goal is always to have as few change orders as possible, but sometimes you don’t know what you want until the project is well underway. If the original plan called for laminate counters, but you’ve decided you absolutely want granite, a change order is – well, in order!
Safety is a big concern on site. Most people don’t keep a spare hard hat in the closet, and you may not be aware of all the dangers involved with materials and equipment. Don’t just “pop in” for a visit, and remember that a distraction can also be risky for the contractor and subcontractors. As much as possible, coordinate all visits so everyone can be prepared.
Have Faith in Your Team
When you choose Foley for your Great Falls remodeling project, you benefit from working with a highly-qualified, experienced team. You can rest assured that your remodeling team is as eager to build your dream space as you are to enjoy it. Work to strike a good balance between engagement and intrusion into your contractor’s work. It will be best for you, your Great Falls remodeling team, and the beautiful new space in your home. If you’d like to learn more about who we are, download our free guide, Top 10 Reasons to Choose Foley, and then contact us to schedule a conversation.