Top 10 Tips to Survive a Remodel

Posted by Andrew Baker
Remodeling Project Specialist, Brubaker Inc.



If you’re about to embark on a kitchen, laundry or bathroom remodel, here are 10 tips to help you remain cool and calm during the construction.

  1. Get Organized – When packing up your bathroom or kitchen in anticipation of the remodel it’s helpful to try and keep things organized. Sort your items into a two categories – Things you’ll need during the renovation; Things you can store until the remodel is completed.


  2. Remove Fragile Items – Take down pictures, mirrors, and any artwork on all walls adjacent to the project. Remove any fragile items from shelves nearby the construction area. Remove and store rugs/runners that are in the in/out path of the workers.


  3. Have a Plan – Plan out the entire renovation ahead of time, including all your material choices. Project changes and last minute material purchases can delay a project, and add unneeded stress to the process.


  4. Gather Kitchen Essentials – If your kitchen is being remodeled, set-up a temporary kitchen space with the essentials including a coffee pot, microwave, and a hot plate.


  5. Stock your Freezer – Prepare meals ahead of time during a kitchen remodel. Casseroles that freeze well are best. You can easily defrost and heat in a microwave and still eat your own home cooking. This will also help cut down on costs of eating out.


  6. Eliminate Dishwashing – Utilize disposal paper products during a kitchen remodel to avoid dishes. If you have a utility sink, set up a dishwashing station for the items that need washed.


  7. Revamp your Routine – During a bathroom remodel, set a showering schedule for the functioning bathroom. This will help with the morning routine, so everyone can get out the door on time.


  8. Be prepared for dust – We do everything we can to minimize/eliminate dust from the rest of the house, but the general nature of construction work causes dust to settle in other areas of the home. Be prepared to clean the entire home once all the work is completed.


  9. Keep pets and children safe – Keep animals and young children out of the construction area not only during the day, but at night as well.


  10. Purge – When moving your belongings back into the kitchen/bathroom, consider eliminating things that are no longer useful that you’ve accumulated over the years.