Tips For A Stress-Free Home Remodel

Updated: Jun 20

It's time; you need a home update; that 1970s harvest gold kitchen, wood paneling, and root beer brown shag carpet, sure, it was fun for a while, but now it has got to go! Goodbye, 1970's, hello 21st century!

Home is your fortress of solitude, your castle and a remodel means months or longer of strangers in your home.

How to find a contractor

Ask friends, neighbors, web searches, and businesses like us, Renaissance Rug Cleaning. We have a top local home remodeler/ builder, Hammer and Hand, next door to us. We have worked for their client, and our clients have used them not just for years but for decades. Another is Don Tankersley & Co. These two companies are arguable the top remodelers in Portland, Oregon. Why the plug for these two companies? Because we have been in many of their clients remodels before, during, and after remodels by these two companies. We have seen the quality of their work and the satisfaction of their clients.

Portland has many great contractors, you can also check with the state Oregon contractor's board for valid licenses and the Oregon business registry (links below) Every business has a bad review or client interaction. Concentrate on how did they address and resolve the problems.

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Where to start when renovating a home?

Keep in mind Your remodeler has decades of experience and many remodels under their belt, so don't forget to tap the expertise when strategizing your home remodel.

Covid has caused supply issues, and remodelers can give you the insight to supply issues. Waiting until the last minute to select door handles and light fixtures can cause unintended delays. Your remodeler has a good insight on this. In one remodel recently, due to back orders with the kitchen appliances, it was decided to hold off on starting on the kitchen remodel and prioritize the bathroom. Giving time for the back-ordered appliances to arrive and reducing the kitchen downtime.

Declutter and depersonalize your home

Our homes are extensions of us; artwork, collectibles, mementos, and furniture that's part of what makes a house a home. Consider that workers will enter your home, so clear the way by removing these times.

Remove items and keep all work areas clear of clutter and personal and decorative items, not just from the remodel area. Entrances and hallway workers have to travel to access the worksite. Some of the materials and equipment needed are big and bulky. Keeping the areas open and clear reduces the chance of damage to your home and personal injury to workers.

Ideally, do this before the remodeling begins. Consider the bare necessities you need to endure a remodel and plan and adjust accordingly.

Consider renting a POD storage unit to get things out of the way. These are dropped off and can be left at your home or picked up and taken to a secure, temperature-controlled storage facility for as long as you need.

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Home Remodel Can Be Stressful

All this activity and upheaval in your personal space, but does it have to be? Considering other experts in their fields, a moving company can move home furnishings and store them.

Rug Cleaners like Renaissance Rug cleaning will pick up your rugs, clean and keep them clean and safe until your remodel is done. A simple phone call and we deliver your rugs back clean, fresh, and ready for the new home.

Avoid stuffing your rugs in the garage or basement for many months of remodeling. This is a perfect environment for moth infestation, rodents, mold, and mildew to damage of your fine rugs. At a minimum vacuum and wrap your rugs in paper or old sheets, never use plastic for storing wool area rugs

Perhaps you have valuable artwork on your walls call a company like Art Work Fine Art Services They specialize in moving, installing, and storage of paintings, sculptures, and other artwork.

Pets During a Remodel

Some pets absolutely love a remodel, particularly some dog breeds that are very social and love all the new people, and the goings-on during a remodel. In some cases after the remodel pet can miss their new friends, waiting by the door in the morning for the workers to arrive.

However, some pets are the opposite, strangers, noises, and change are very stressful and the process of remodeling is scary and stressful for them.

For these pets consider a safe area or room for them. Put all the creature comforts in the room such as food, water, and litter box, and consider a white noise machine or a small fan to help camouflage construction noises. Get your pet used to being in the room weeks before the remodel to reduce stress and fear of keeping pets comfortable when the remodeling starts.

Don't forget playtime. Pets need exercise and like humans, exercise helps reduce stress and improves sleep.

Call In The Cleaners!

As the dust settles, and make no mistake, remodeling creates dust as well as displaces dust in areas like attics. It's time to call the cleaners, and make sure the painters are done, too! It's best to start with what we call a top-down approach, exterior prewashing, Widows, countertops, kitchen, bathrooms, one you probably haven't considered air duct cleaners, and then then the carpet & rug cleaners.

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Why did the carpet cleaner last? To make sure any solid tracked into your home on feet are removed

The last cleaners in your home should be rug cleaners rolling out those cleaned stored rugs, then the furniture.

Coordinate with the movers when possible. In some situations, we deliver cleaned rugs to the movers and the mover delivers and layout rugs. The last workers should ones to install fine art on walls such as pictures, paintings, and tapestries

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