How to Survive a Laundry Room Renovation
Laundry room renovations require proper planning and organization
By Robert Ferguson
The thoughts of dirty laundry piling up, a home coated with dust and strangers seeing your unmentionables are a nightmare in the making. Although the laundry room is one of the smallest rooms in a home, it is still a major renovation, especially if electrical and water lines are being moved. Flooring, drywall removal, installation, texturing and painting all create messes of their own. Avoid unnecessary hassles and worry by planning properly using the steps outlined below.
- What You Need to Know
- Temporary storage can keep your laundry room items organized and safe during the renovation.
- Contractors should be able to see your plans before construction so they can offer suggestions.
- A major change to your project midstream can cost more than if it were factored into the original plan.
Call remodeling contractors and obtain two or three estimates. Interview the contractors as if they were applying for a job, because they are. The estimate process is more than choosing a price within the your budget. Unreliable contractors can prolong the length of the job.
Check the contractor's references before hiring anyone. Call their prior customers and ask questions about the contractor's punctuality, the quality of their work and ask former clients if they are satisfied with the timeliness and quality of the overall project.
Set up a time to meet with the contractor to go over the details of the contract, discuss a project timeline and work schedule. Let the contractor know what the budget limits are. This will avoid any surprises down then road. Add a cushion to the budget for any unforeseen circumstances that may crop up. Point out what bathroom the workers can use, if any, and what areas of the home are off limits.
Pack up everything in the laundry room. Clothes racks, laundry bins, laundry detergents and everything in between. Store the contents in boxes or storage bins and label them accordingly for easy unpacking.
Help protect the floors by placing drop cloths, cardboard or old linens along the path the workers will use for access to the laundry room. The contractor should provide this protection but there is no such thing as too much protection. Seal off the work area with plastic sheeting and masking tape or ask the contractor to do so. This will help keep the dust from settling in other areas of the home.
Cover any furniture, countertops and appliances that are close to the work area to protect them from dust particles and debris. Construction workers may unwittingly put their tools on anything that can serve as a temporary workbench so it's a good idea to cover these areas with cardboard as an added measure of protection.
Purchase or order any new appliances so that they are on the site. This will aid the contractor when he is installing electrical and plumbing lines by providing the specifications of the new appliances. In addition, they will be readily available after completion of the project for immediate installation.
About the Author
Robert Ferguson is a licensed building contractor with more than 30 years of experience, focusing primarily on residential remodeling, repair, renovation and construction.
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