While the initial closing of businesses put a sudden halt to most existing renovation projects and plans, the lengthy stay at home period has had many homeowners looking around their kitchen and bath and discovering the need to renovate. The slow business pace and fact that many people do have more time on their hands now theoretically means it is an ideal time to research and plan a new kitchen or remodel.
But can a remodel take place during this time?
Let us look at some different stages of remodeling and the pros and cons of renovating during this time.
New Home Renovation
Believe it or not this is an ideal time for planning a new home renovation. The extra time stuck at home means time to look around your home and take note of what really bothers you or you wish you could redo. Additionally, at this time you are likely using your kitchen more than you ever did before and are discovering the features you love or hate about your current kitchen. Being unable to go out to the malls, movies and bars means extra time to browse online. In addition to social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest you can spend time browsing sites like Houzz or Better Homes Magazines and look through Portfolio’s and projects that different remodeling contractors have done for ideas and inspiration. Finally, at this slow business time, interior designers have more time and patience to discuss ideas and you may even be able to get yourself a great deal if you can commit to some kind of project with a contractor. Virtual walkthroughs, remote consultations and wireframes and design sketches can all be done from the safety and comfort of your home!
Mid Design and Remodel Planning
If you had either just signed a contract or are somewhere in middle of the design or remodel planning do not despair! Most kitchen and bathroom designers as well as contractors can do a lot more than you think remotely. Again, the extra time you and your contractor or designer has means you can ensure no decision is rushed and you are happy with every step of the plans. Working out the permits needed and working on filling out forms and submitting is also something that can be done at this time that is often a factor in delaying construction. Make the most of this time to save time!
During remodeling or construction
This one is can be tricky. Depending on where you are up to with the construction and whether you are living in the same space as the renovation is taking place will be the deciding factors in how much gets stalled. If the remodeling is taking place in a home or location that no one is actually living in at the moment, or if you have the option of moving out, you will be more able to safely allow workers and contractors to get on with more. If you have already ordered and received materials, depending on where you live there may be safe ways to allow contractors to continue work, still ensuring safety to all workers and your family. Work my need to be rearranged, such as plumbing before electricity depending on the contractors and materials involved. You should ensure that workers are all wearing masks and gloves and social distancing is adhered to.
Wherever you are in the remodeling stage, remember your contractor wants just as much (and probably much more) to be able to complete your renovation. Keep in mind priorities and make the most of the time you spend in your home, if you have just renovated enjoy the extended time in your new space and if you are not yet there keep imagining how much you will enjoy it!