Deciding to invest in a remodel, such as door replacement, is a big deal, and there are many things you should do to prepare for the undertaking, including getting your home ready. Without proper planning and careful consideration, your project may end up a mess, affecting not only your family, but your neighbors as well. This can cause property damage and even misunderstanding with the people close to you. To help you avoid all that trouble, below are some of our best tips for preparing your home (and your neighborhood) for your door upgrade this season:
- Prepare yourself mentally. While home remodeling can be fun, some stages of the process will require you to make hard decisions, so you need to be sure you’re mentally prepared. The early phases of the process can be exciting, such as choosing the right materials and colors, but once the installation phase starts, you need to invest a lot of your hard work and decision-making efforts to ensure a successful outcome. Keep in mind that the installation is always loud and messy, so you may need to adjust day-to-day activities until all the replacements have been installed successfully.
- Get ready for the mess and noise. If you and your family are not at home during the day, there won’t be any problem. If you’re at home, however, you will need to set up temporary space away from the areas being worked on. It’s also important to inform your neighbors about the upcoming job even before the installation starts so they can prepare their own homes and families for the noise.
- Move vulnerable items away from the job site. Before starting the installation, be sure that all your wall hangings, furniture and other valuable items are away from the job site. This will ensure they are protected throughout the entire process. It’s also smart to store items you don’t need in the garage or basement to prevent your living spaces from becoming overly cramped.
- Keep children and pets away from the construction area. When it comes to doing construction jobs in your home, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Door replacement makes use of tools and materials that may be harmful to your kids and pets, so during construction, make sure they are always in a safe place away from the site.
If the exterior doors of your home are broken, damaged or no longer meeting your needs, it’s time to consider getting replacements. With a better understanding of the vital elements of the process and a review of this three-part guide, you can make more informed decisions about your upcoming door upgrade, helping ensure its success.