What should you expect during the remodeling period?
Prepare yourself. Knowing what lies ahead during major renovations will sooth your nerves and relieve you during your remodeling journey.
For those of you who have never experienced a remodel, room addition or a big construction project before, it’s okay to feel a bit excited and nervous at the same time! How much will it cost? How long will it take? Between the large expense and the excitement of anticipating your finished remodel, it’s hard not to feel a little apprehensive. Knowing what to expect can help diminish your fears and better prepare you for the upcoming adventure.
Sierra Remodeling is here to calmly walk you through the entire process and, we want you to know up-front what to expect, including surprises, during the entire process!
Your List of Expectations
We have developed a formal List of Expectations that we drill into everyone’s head here at Sierra Remodeling. We emphasize our high standards within this list to our staff at every opportunity and, you may download the document for your reference purposes. We hang our List of Expectations on every job-site to constantly remind our field tradesmen every day. It’s important to us!
We do everything we can to minimize disruption in your home and your life
The reality of home remodeling and custom home building are the inconveniences brought about during this huge undertaking. It’s a dusty, noisy and hectic journey that quickly begins; never seems to end; and then all of a sudden, is done. You will experience remodeling fatigue and then remodeling joy! In order to not sugar coat the process and, to fully prepare you for our on-site visit, we list the inconveniences you may experience during this exciting time.
It’s our job to make these annoyances less painful and, lend you a guiding hand while making a complicated process look easy. Please read our Clients Comments and, be assured, we are pretty darn good at this!
For larger projects or for rooms that are open to larger areas of your home, we will often build temporary walls around these areas to control the mess. An added benefit of these walls is that they also help to keep pets and children from dangerous conditions.
During especially messy parts of your project we will shut off your furnace or air conditioner to keep dust from traveling throughout your home. Rest assured we will do our best to minimize the dust on your project.
Tip: To prevent damage to your furniture and reduce your cleaning, place throw sheets over everything closest to the remodel zone. Vacuuming every evening will go a long way towards keeping fine dust from being tracked throughout your home.
Tip: Remodeling involves destruction and construction and both, by their very nature, will not allow you much peace or quiet. Should you be present on-site during the project, we recommend hearing protection when needed.
Tip: We simply call it, “Sierra Remodeling joy!”
Tip: Stay the course — remodeling fatigue will be short lived especially when you get to move back into your lovely, brand new remodeled room!
No, you won’t be laughing, and neither will we. But, be prepared budget-wise and time-wise for unforeseen problems since they will always happen! Especially if you have an older home that was built long ago when there was only one county home inspector who often was not available!
Tip: Be well prepared for these surprises. Having cash on hand that’s a bare minimum of 10 percent above contract for contingencies will help alleviate your stress. Budget an additional 20 percent if you want to worry less.
You decide that you want that premium dishwasher after all! Or, an “ah ha!” moment occurs and, you must have that wall removed. Or, termites have been eating a load bearing support beam – ouch! Yes, all of these are examples that will require a change order.
Tip: Confidence and decisiveness are key.
Tip: Sierra Remodeling loves building our communities one home at a time!
[Kitchen Remodel] [Bathroom Remodel]
Of course I wanted to write and say again what a fabulous job you did with our kitchen and bathroom(s) remodel! Both Charles and I greatly appreciate all the time, energy, attention to detail, follow up and follow through that you provided throughout the design process, purchasing of materials, and installation. The whole process went very smoothly because you were in constant communication with us and willing to address any issues at any time. Also, your interpersonal skills and humor made the remodel a much easier experience.
All the guys (including Erv who helped us pick out the design elements one evening) that worked here at the house were very respectful, unobtrusive and hard working (Poncho, Ken and his son (the painters), Larry the cabinetmaker, both Gregs, Jeremy the marble installer, Larry and Dustin the electricians and Antoine. Arizona Tile and your local granite cutter were also great to work with. Carol was a joy to see and talk to over the phone. Most of all was the amazing speed at which the whole remodel was completed in just over a month. Charles and I will definitely use your services again and will continue to recommend your business to friends and family. Please forward this to Howard and thank him for us and the best to all of you.