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Ensuring a Smooth Renovation Process with Owner On-Site

by Mike Dodd, Home Remodeling Expert
September 16, 2016

Question: My grandfather’s home is about to undergo remodeling. He would like to stay in the home as renovation goes underway. What tips can you recommend to make the process smooth for everyone?

Answer: Professional remodeling contractors are accustomed to working in a residential environment while clients are living there, which is dramatically different from new construction.  Special accommodations will need to be made with many of the processes, beginning with dust containment and protocols around keeping the premises safe and clean. A specific timeline for the project should be established by the contractor at the outset so that expectations for both parties are clearly understood.  Understanding where the materials will be stored, where equipment to perform the project will be stored, how dust will be contained, how the debris from the project will be removed, if a debris container will be on site, if a portable toilet will be present, expected hours of operation and the personnel who will manage the process are all critically important items to be considered. If the project entails a bathroom or a kitchen, many times there may be a need to make arrangements for temporary accommodations. The vast majority of homes have only one kitchen, of course, and some clients may request setting up a microwave in another location of the home for the interim while their facilities are out of order. We provide our clients with a portable dishwasher that can hook up to any sink in the house. Bathrooms can be a little trickier, especially if there is not another one present in the home. Portable toilets and even temporary showers can be supplied, but those types of accommodations are fairly unusual.  Professional remodeling contractors are extremely adept at improvising, however, as it plays a large role in what we do every day. Selecting the right contractor who has the communication and business skills to deal with an older clientele will be an essential consideration for your grandfather's endeavor as well.

Mike Dodd is the founder and President of Lifewise Renovations, that combines home remodeling project management with the expertise of health care professionals, to make it possible live safely and comfortably at home regardless of age or physical ability. As a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Mike holds the Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) designation.

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