There’s nothing more exciting that a home remodel. If you’re finally taking the plunge and updating your kitchen, bathroom or master bedroom, you’re probably really excited for the finished result. If you’ve just started the home remodeling process you’ve probably met with your remodeler, discussed the changes you want to make and may have already approved a design. You’re well on your way. Even if they work hasn’t started, you’re probably spending a lot of time on Houzz or Pinterest looking at before and after photos of the remodel you are doing.

That’s great, and images of before and after the project are motivating, however they don’t tell the whole story. If this is your first time doing a remodel there are some things you’ll want to do to prepare yourself and your home for the project that is about to begin.

Preparing for a Remodel

Expectations – While most home remodelers strive to complete your project on time, there is always the unforeseen that can delay a project. Whether it’s budgeting, change orders or even due to the weather, it’s a good idea to have realistic expectations. You want your home remodel done right, not slapped together to make sure it is finished on time. Make sure you and your contractor are on the same page when it comes to expectations. Keep communication open and direct so both of you know what to expect during the process.

Routine – If you’re doing a kitchen remodel you will be without a kitchen for a while and will need to make adjustments. This can mean setting up a make-shift kitchen in another room of the house, eating out or taking a vacation during the remodel. Whatever you choose to do – and it may be a combination of many solutions – you’ll need to switch up your routine a little and that can cause friction and anxiety for some. Remind yourself that it is only temporary and do your best to adjust to the different routine.

Contractors – When your house in undergoing a remodel you’re going to have a house full of contractors. Many homeowners go with the flow and welcome them into their home and life. You may find you need to alter your schedule a bit by taking an earlier shower or enjoying your coffee and newspaper in a different part of the house. Contractors don’t want to invade your space and will go out of their way to avoid things such as using your bathroom or eating lunch in your kitchen. But it can still be awkward to have all these strangers in your home.

Mess – A good remodeler will leave your home in the best state it can be everyday when work is complete. You can expect your contractors to clean the area they are working in so that dust and debris doesn’t get into other areas of the house. Still, you may have plastic hanging in doorways and covering floors. Even when picked up at the end of the day, a home that is undergoing a remodel feels chaotic and messy. It’s a temporary state but can get frustrating. Remind yourself it won’t last forever and do your best to get out of the house whenever possible.

A home remodel is exciting but it can get frustrating at times when dealing with the mess, the chaos and the upheaval in your everyday routine. Remember that when the project is completed you’ll have the bathroom, kitchen or master bedroom that you’ve always wanted and that it was worth the trouble to achieve it.