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Remodeling For The First Time? Here Are Some Things to Think About

If you are preparing for your first remodel, you’ll soon find out how many things there are to consider. The design and planning process begins long before any of the actual remodeling work, so it’s a good idea to get real about what to expect, so you’re not faced with any surprises.

Managing expectations, understanding how your budget is allocated, and getting a grip on the order of things to be done is essential – at least, if you want to minimize the inherent stress and enjoy the process of transformation.

At Foley Homes, we put a lot of effort into the preparation phase to ensure our time (and yours) is well-spent. The result is a less stressful experience for you and a more efficient process for our team, ensuring the best possible outcome for your Fairfax County remodel.

During the initial planning, here are some things you might want to ask:

What Will My House Look Like During the Remodel?

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Depending on how extensive your remodel is, you should get used to the fact that things won’t be “as they were.” Our crews do our very best to keep your home clean, tidy, and dust-free, but a bit of drywall dust, plastic sheeting, and temporary accommodations are expected, and often necessary.

If you are going to be living in the home during the remodel, we try to ensure that your routine won’t experience too much disruption. We will protect surfaces and floors, cover or store items of value, and make sure you have a working kitchen and bathroom.

How Long Will My Remodel Take?


The length of time it takes to complete your remodel depends mainly on the amount of work that we’re doing. If you intend to live in the house during the remodel, it might take a little longer as we may need to complete the work in phases.

Additionally, and especially in the case of older homes, we could run into unexpected problems that cause delays. Unfortunately, not all of these situations are predictable, so we’ll need to cross that bridge when we come to it. Fortunately, we are dedicated problem-solvers, and we’ll work quickly to get these issues resolved with as little disruption as possible.

Can I Live In The House During The Work?

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Some of our customers choose to live in their house while the work is underway, but this is not always an ideal situation. If you decide to go this route, you should fully understand the implications as they can affect your happiness and quality of life. If your remodel is extensive, there is a good possibility that you will need to find alternate arrangements, at least for a portion of the work. If you can stay elsewhere, even for a little while, our need to shut off the water or remove walls might not be as much of an inconvenience.

If you choose not to live in the house, you should make provisions for that in your budget. For example, you may decide to find a temporary rental, in which case you will be carrying the rent for that time. You will probably be eating out a lot more as well, so that’s also something to consider.

Ultimately, it’s your choice, but we will go over the details with you at length so you can consider your options.

Should I Be Concerned About Air Quality?

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Our crews use containment protocols, zip-walls, and a dust-reducer to help maintain good air quality in the home. We use a three-stage HEPA filtration system that removes a remarkable amount of dust and particulate matter, and most of our customers are very happy with the way it performs. In addition, we install temporary air filters on all ducts to reduce dust circulation and build-up. If you or a family member have severe allergies, talk to us about extra steps we can take to ensure a healthful atmosphere.

What Do I Need to Do?


We do ask that you store or cover your dishes, art, books, and valuables. These are your responsibility. If it makes sense, our crew will take photographs and restore your interiors to the way they were.

Our process begins with getting to know you and your expectations for the project. Beyond understanding your goals and budget, we like to know about your family, your lifestyle, and your routine. This approach makes it easier for us to implement a plan that works for everybody. We are easy to talk to and great to work with because our goals are always aligned with yours.

Do you have questions about your upcoming remodel? Reach out today, and let’s talk about it.

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