Spring is near. And with that comes the “remodeling itch.” There are countless projects that can increase your home’s resale value, and add plenty of enjoyment as well. There’s also no shortage of worries when it comes to remodeling your home. Between second guessing design decisions and fretting over your budget, home remodeling isn’t for the faint of heart.
As if that wasn’t enough, remodeling projects also make your house vulnerable to a number of other costly concerns. Here are a few potential issues to be aware of and ways to help prevent them:
Do Your Research
Before beginning your home remodeling project, do your due diligence to set yourself up for success. For instance, you should know all that you can about your house and its history to prevent any surprise issues from popping up during construction. Run a free Housefax report on your property to uncover any past incidents, building permits, natural disaster risks and chemical hazard issues.
Another element you should heavily research before hiring a general contractor or subcontractors is their work history. An untrustworthy contractor can cost you a fortune in time, money and headaches, so make sure you are hiring the best. Ask for references and contact them to hear how their experiences went.
As far as job costs go, be sure to get a quote in writing and thoroughly review the contract before signing it. If anything seems unclear, don’t hesitate to consult legal assistance. This minimal investment can save you a ton of money in the long run if the contractor is trying to bury any trickery in the terms.
Secure Your Property
Homes that are under construction are prime targets for both burglars and dishonorable construction workers. Keep your stuff safe by keeping any valuables locked away and out of sight when any workers are in your house. Add an extra layer of comfort and security by installing a home security camera system throughout the interior and exterior of your home so you can check in on things at any time, no matter where you are.
In the event of a burglary, the video footage could be invaluable for catching the culprit. You should invest in a high-quality security camera system that has color night vision and records in HD.
Protect the Rest of Your House
If you are tackling one big project at a time, be sure to protect the rest of your house while the project is being completed. Have the contractor use plastic sheets to drape over doorways and flooring near entrances to the work area. This helps keep dust and debris contained to the construction area and prevent it from being tracked throughout the rest of the house. If possible, have the contractor and remodeling team use a separate entrance to your house. This minimizes foot traffic and dirt from being trailed around your home.
Another element that needs extra protection is your HVAC system. If possible, avoid running your system during construction. However, if you are living in the home or construction is happening during the warmer months, it’s helpful to close off all vents to the construction area and change your system’s air filters more frequently than usual.
Control What You Can & Keep Your Eye on the Prize
While there is plenty to worry about during a home remodeling project, keep your eye on the prize and focus on the goal of a finished project to get you through stressful times. By doing your research, securing your house and taking precautionary measures, you can proactively take charge of the situation and protect your home from any vulnerability during a remodel.
Author: Allison Wilkinson. Allison is a WAHM, a home improvement enthusiast, an amateur chef and a fitness buff. You can find her Instagramming photos of her (adorable) son or researching everything from the latest parenting theories to healthy hacks for desserts.