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San Antonio Remodeler Reveals How to Survive a Home Remodeling Project

Home remodeling can be quite stressful. You live side-by-side with the project from start to finish and long for simple pleasures like a dust-free home. San Antonio remodeler Jana Ward offers tips on how to live through your remodeling project.


San Antonio, Texas, USA – Jana Ward, award-winning remodeler and owner of  Clear Choice Flooring and Design , knows that remodeling a home can be a challenging experience for any homeowner. So she coaches her clients on what to expect…and how to make the best of an inconvenient situation.
She says consistent and open communication between the homeowner and remodeler is a must for making the experience positive for everyone involved.
Determine who you and your remodeler should contact for daily decisions or an after-hours emergency. For example, your contact may be the lead carpenter for the job, while the remodeler’s contact could be your spouse. Also designate a backup for each contact person to assure continuity in anyone’s absence.
And be sure to speak up if you’re uncertain about any aspect of the project.”
One way to ensure a project’s success is to have a pre-construction meeting. This allows the remodeler to clarify procedures and explain how the job will progress.
It also offers both the homeowner and remodeler an opportunity to address issues that may arise later, such as:

  • Does the home have an alarm system? If so, will workers need a key or will someone always be there?
  • How will trash removal be handled?
  • Does the remodeler anticipate any interruptions of utilities during the project? If so, when and for how long?
  • Will the homeowner need to vacate the home at any time?
  • Will sweeping be sufficient for a daily cleaning, or will the homeowner need a more thorough cleaning?
  • What hours will the workers be at the home job site?
  • Where can workers park near the job site?
  • Will workers be able to use the home’s bathroom facilities?

Ward cautions homeowners that they should prepare for inconvenience.
A home remodeling project can turn your home and – on some days – your life upside down. A kitchen remodel, for example, will affect meal planning. But a little ingenuity and some culinary shortcuts can lessen the impact.”
She suggests setting up temporary cooking quarters by moving the refrigerator, toaster oven, and microwave to another room. If the weather is nice, fire up the grill.
Guard against dust by tightly sealing off doorways and stairs. Turn off central air or heat when workers are sanding or stock up on extra filters so they can be changed often.
Also, use doormats and temporary floor coverings where appropriate. And remove or cover anything that might get damaged by the dust.
Ward advises her clients to maintain a sense of humor, especially when things are out of their control like the weather or delayed delivery of materials.
“See the remodeling process as an adventure. Tell the kids that you’re ‘camping in’ and transform inconvenience into fun. Along the way, celebrate as different stages of the project are completed.”


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