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Front Page - Friday, July 24, 2020

Tips to prepare for a remodel

If you’re like most Chattanooga-area residents, you’ve spent a significant time at home this year. Our homes are more important to us than ever, which is why many have been considering a change to one or more areas within them.

Maybe you want to add a new home office, or perhaps you’ve decided your dated bathroom finally needs some attention. A renovation can modernize your house, increase your comfort and potentially add value to your investment.

To help you start planning for your home remodel, consider the following tips:

Plan your project

Once you have a general idea of what you want for your home remodel and how much you’re willing to spend, talk with a qualified contractor who can provide an estimate. Some projects take considerable time and money, so it’s important to select a contractor you can trust.

The best place to start is by utilizing a directory of professional remodelers, such as the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga’s online directory. There, you’ll find a list of professionals dedicated to the highest standards in the home building industry.

Time frame that works

If you’re working from home or going back to your job soon, that might help you decide when it’s time to start your project. Home construction can be disruptive. Tell your remodeler upfront what your work and living arrangements will be while your home is under construction.

A professional remodeler will provide guidance on how to minimize significant disruptions related to plumbing or electrical work. If you have small children, most professionals will be willing to remove tools at the end of each workday or be placed out of reach. A contractor can also erect temporary walls to minimize dust in your primary living areas.

Temporary storage solution

You will likely have to store or put away items in the area that will be remodeled. Storing items will make it easier for the construction crew to navigate your home.

Don’t forget to remove items from hallways or near staircases. Large items in your space, such as appliances or furniture, might have to be removed.

Discuss safety with contractor

Safety on the job site for workers and homeowners is the top priority for qualified remodelers. If you have concerns about social distancing or other safety measures, talk with your contractor.

The HBAGC can provide you with a list of area remodelers who are taking steps to ensure homeowners are safe in their home while a home remodeling project is underway.

To find a home remodeler in the Tri-state area, visit Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at HBAGC.net.