15 Questions to Clarify Before Starting Your Remodel

Beginning a home remodeling project can be a daunting and frightening experience for the homeowner and their family. Once you’ve worked out your finances, chosen your design and the materials for your new or updated space, and the project is ready to start, other fears emerge. How long with this take? Am I comfortable with strangers in my home? How will my family’s life be disrupted? All of these questions and more need to be answered before work can begin in your home. The good news is you have some input on these matters!

To make sure that you, your family and our craftsmen are in complete agreement, make a list of questions to ask that will clarify your expectations. Before the start of your remodel, be sure to schedule a meeting with the Project Manager, your Designer and/or Consultant, and the Lead Installer of the job to make sure everything is ready, and all of these issues have been worked out to your satisfaction. Here is a list of 15 questions that you need to ask, or answer before the construction begins…

  1. How many workers will be in my home?
  2. What are the starting and ending hours of work in my home?
  3. Can work be scheduled on weekends?
  4. What kind of cleanup will take place at the end of each day?
  5. How long might my project take? Can I expect any delays at this point?
  6. Where (if at all) is smoking allowed on my property?
  7. What entrance should workers use? What entrance for materials, if different?
  8. Who will have keys to the house if I am gone?
  9. Where will tools, equipment and materials be stored?
  10. Where should workers park? Will a neighbor be upset by trucks in front of their home?
  11. What parts of my home are off limits to workers?
  12. Are there household members that take day-time naps?
  13. Who are my points of contact? What are their direct numbers?
  14. Who do I call in case of an emergency?
  15. Will there be daily communication with my Project Coordinator throughout the job?

We recommend you post these questions and answers in an easily viewed location in your home as a quick reference, and to ensure that all have access to this important information. Having these concerns discussed and agreed upon in advance will help ease your worries, and make your project go more smoothly for all involved!