Sunday, November 11, 2012

Surviving a Kitchen Remodel: Part 5

Over the past weeks we have explored some of the items that can help make a kitchen remodel survivable. In our last segment, we will explore possibly the most important element, how to keep the peace. Kitchen remodels are hard enough without adding additional drama. We discussed relationships with your family in Part 1, but here are a few tips for dealing with your neighbors and the construction workers.


  • Keep your neighbors in the loop. Keep them appraised of your start date, approximate completion date, what work will be done and if any worker may need to come onto their property. Be sure to communicate any unforeseen delays.
  • Make sure power tools are only used during normal business hours. Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nothing will ruin your neighborly relationship more than waking their baby early in the morning.
  • Ask subcontractors to park in front of your house only, if possible. If additional parking space is needed, be sure to get the ok from your neighbors for their street parking space.
  • Keep the exterior of the house neat. Nobody likes an eyesore and construction sites can quickly become that if the trash is not corralled.
  • Coffee and donuts, cookies and Cokes. These small gestures will go a long way in building morale with construction workers and really don’t cost a whole lot. A good attitude from them will only ensure that your job will be completed with quality and in a timely fashion.

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