Here are some tips for surviving, maybe even enjoying, your upcoming remodel.
Have a good attitude. Your home is going to be dusty and chaotic for a bit, but when it is done it will all be worth it. Just remember you are lucky to be able to make this change to your home, so you are too blessed to be stressed. Having a good attitude and a sense of humor will go a long way and will rub off on the people working at your home. Studies have shown that if someone is happy while working they will do better work and work faster (read “Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor). So, make your home a pleasant environment to do work by remaining positive, complimenting your contractors on their work each day (at least 3 compliments per 1 criticism is a good rule of thumb) and maybe even bringing some fresh baked treats or ordering pizzas once in a while to let them know you appreciate them.
Prepare your home. Prepare for a kitchen remodel by creating a well-organized temporary kitchen set up with a microwave, electric hot plate, refrigerator and a clean-up sink somewhere in the house (thankfully, in the Summer you can grill!). Clear out at least one car space in your garage for your contractor to use for storage and working in bad weather.
Expect the unexpected. No matter what, do plan for the project to cost more and take longer than expected. There will always be surprises that could not have been foreseen and upgrades/additions you will make that will add to the time and cost of the project. You want your project done right and with as little stress as possible, so let the schedule be flexible, have some extra funds on hand and don’t plan a big holiday party or family gathering right after the target completion date.
It’s never too soon to start planning your new space so call TrueLeaf Kitchens at 908-766-2006 to set up an appointment today or visit their web site http://www.trueleafkitchens.com.