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How to Prepare for a Home Remodel

How to Prepare for a Home Remodel

When you’re planning your home remodeling project, don’t forget to put some thought into how construction is going to affect your daily life, the rest of your home, and your nearby neighbors. Thinking ahead can help minimize disruptions, protect your furniture and belongings from harm, and keep the peace in your neighborhood.

How to Prepare for Home Remodeling | Sea Pointe Construction
Whether or not you can stay in your home during a remodel depends largely on the scope of work. If it will affect more than half of your home, will involve removing the roof or otherwise opening your house up so much that it can’t be heated or cooled properly, or take both the kitchen and the bathrooms out of commission at the same time, you should strongly consider moving out for the duration of the project. Your personal circumstances may also determine if moving out is the right choice. If you have young children or pets who can’t handle loud noises and strangers coming in and out constantly, or if you work from home and need peace and quiet to conduct business, staying put might not be a realistic option. Be sure you factor your relocation costs into your total remodeling budget.

If you do decide to stay during the remodel, consider what daily tasks will be affected by the construction and make contingency plans for how you will handle them. For example, if you are remodeling your kitchen, you will need to set up a temporary kitchen elsewhere in your house, and you may want to budget for more frequent eating out. You will also want to discuss working hours with your contractor so you know exactly when workers will be on the premises, so you can anticipate when your family will have privacy—and when they won’t.

Construction inevitably generates a lot of dirt and dust. All of your belongings should be removed from the area to be remodeled, and the area itself should be isolated from the rest of your house with plastic sheeting to prevent dust from spreading. If your contractors will need to walk through your house to access the area to be remodeled, rather than being able to enter it directly from the outside, the path they take should be covered with runners to prevent carpets or wood floors from becoming dirty and worn. Discuss your contractor’s cleaning plans; daily cleanups will help keep the site and the rest of your house neat.

It is always good form to notify your nearest neighbors when you are planning remodeling work. Make sure your contractors adhere to local guidelines concerning what times of day and days of the week they can work; even the most understanding neighbor will quickly grow tired of hearing the sound of pneumatic nail guns at the crack of dawn. You may also want to give your neighbors an additional heads up before days you expect to be particularly noisy or disruptive—say, if the contractors will be breaking up a concrete slab in your back yard with jackhammers. Good communication with your neighbors can help keep everyone happy.

A remodel can be stressful, but putting thought into the big picture will help reduce that stress. Having a living situation you can cope with, the mess under control, and your neighbors happy will help you enjoy the process of improving your home as well as the finished product.



So you’re thinking about remodeling your house. Maybe your goal is to have your home renovated by summer? Maybe needing to just spruce it up a little bit? Maybe needing to make your best investment more valuable?  Maybe needing some more space for your family to spread out in? Whatever your reasons, it should be a well-thought out process which will benefit you and your family for years to come.

Where ever you live in Orange County, making improvements to your residential property is a wise choice.  The numbers prove it. Your foresight into investment for smart home renovations will be repaid to you whenever you choose to resell your property. And home improvements done by a reputable home renovation contractor will make it that much better for your heirs to inherit.


To begin the process, it’s good to start to take note of other homes that you admire. Check out open houses in your neighborhood and take notice of what remarkable features you fancy in the property. Also make sure you compare remodeling projects successfully completed in homes found in surrounding areas, magazines and even television shows on the HGTV channel, for instance.

You’ll need to determine which styles suit you by comparing and contrasting and seeing what’s out there. Start by tearing out those pages in home improvement magazines and Sunday newspaper inserts. If your tech savvy, check out Houzz.com and Pinterest for great home remodeling ideas and create personalized idea boards.  While considering what’s attractive to you, it is also just as important to take note of trends and materials you don’t like.  When putting together your likes and dislikes try and determine what it is you lean towards—is it the wood or the style? Is it the counter material and its color? Is it the hardware used? Maybe it could be the color of one and the style of another and the hardware of yet another style of cabinetry.

When you have a sense of the look-and-feel you want from your project, schedule a meeting with your design consultant and residential contractor team. You will want to start by asking about the licensing and expertise of the experienced residential contractors around your area. A design/build firm will be able to help you get the look you want while staying within your pre-determined budget.

Stay focused and take baby steps.  Soon enough, your research will pay-off and you’ll be preparing for your summer barbeque in your newly remodeled home!



Easy Care for High Maintenance Surfaces


Problem: Dirt can dull flooring and make it difficult to reseal

Try This:  Sweep frequently.  For regular cleanings, wrap a damp rag around a push broom and plow away grim.  On tough messes, try a wood-safe cleaner. Apply a coat of polyurethane as soon as the floor shows wear.

Skip That: Ditch silicone or acrylic-wax polishers and conditioners, which can leave a buildup that prevents polyurethane from adhering to the wood.



Problem: Though hard and durable, it can become stained, by oil in particular.

Try This:  Clean granite with warm or diluted dish soap, and dry immediately to prevent watermarks.  If oil seeps in, try a nontoxic degreaser, like Simple Green.Coat annually with a water-based sealant.

Skip That: As with marble, acidic cleaners can eat away at granite, so don’t use them.


Stainless Steel

Problem: Aggressive cleaning, especially of fingerprints, can lead to scratches.

Try This: Remove fingerprints without streaking by rubbing in the direction of the grain with a soft cloth dipped in undiluted white vinegar; buff with a dry cloth.

Skip That: Avoid chlorine, like bleach as they can cause corrosion.  Also steer clear of harsh abrasives, which is a recipe for scratches.



Problem: This veined stone is easily scuffed, scratched and stained if not properly treated.

Try This:  Apply a nontoxic water-based sealer every six months to protect from frequently used counter tops.  Use a mild detergent to general cleaning, then target deeper stains with hydrogen peroxide.  Try ultra fine steel wool to buff away small scratches for scruffs.

Skip That: Never use anything acidic (even seemly harmless vinegar) to clean marble; it can dissolve and etch the stone’s top layer.