Understanding the Remodeling Roller Coaster
By: Nicole Patri
Remodeling is exciting and nothing beats the feeling of a finished project. The remodeling process is also an emotional roller coaster. Our team hopes by detailing some of the feelings associated with parts of the process, you will feel more comfortable with the emotions that come up.
Emotions can range from inconvenient to downright stressful depending on your personality. Obviously, these are dependent on the size and scope of your project. Here are a few of the things that might trigger your emotions.
- Losing your kitchen for weeks. (Yes, you will eventually loathe eating out.)
- Losing your washer/dryer for a time.
- Having your water/power shut off for a day.
- Not being able to park in your garage, driveway, or street depending on the circumstance.
- Having strangers at your house every day (They might eventually become friends.)
- Dealing with anxious pets who might not like all the ruckus.
- Handling inevitable bumps along the way.
- Your neighbor’s curiosity.
- Cleaning out twenty years of stuff before the project can begin.
- Having the city or town dictate aspects of your design or build.
- Keeping your kids out of the construction area.
- Just seeing your house torn up and not livable can be incredibly stressful.
Understanding these triggers may help you acknowledge when you start to get stressed and enjoy the process more.
Once you find Almar (the right people for the job) you will be excited. You’ll see the vision start come together and you have found someone that you trust to do the work with you. Then, we move on to estimating. Estimating is a daunting part of the process. This can leave you feeling a little apprehensive, but we hope we can walk you through it. When the contract is signed, you will be excited because your dreams are about to be realized. During this stage, we find homeowners enjoy a high degree of happiness, optimism, and satisfaction.
Now we move to selections and finalizing choices. Picking selections is an enjoyable part of the process. The stress of estimating has passed and now you get to pick your new features.
When production begins, you might start to feel a little apprehensive again. Materials used for demolition are now being stored in your home, a dumpster is delivered, and you are meeting new people working on your project. Alas, there is some movement going on in the project and you can see it physically happening. It will feel like the project is coming along quickly and you will get a new pep in your step!
Drywall and Trim-Out
Then, we will start the rough-in phase of your project. Electrical, plumbing, and mechanical parts are brought in and inspections will start. While this is happening, you might feel increasingly stressed. There might be some delays. Fret not! We will make sure everything is taken care of. We will start insulation and hanging the drywall. At this point, you might be ready for the project to be over and start feeling very stressed. It feels like things have slowed because there isn’t big visible changes happening, especially when we get to drywall.
This is the stage homeowners tend to hit bottom. The trim-out process starts to become tedious, and you may feel like progress isn’t being made. Little things might start to annoy you. During this phase, we ask that you refer to our “Commonly Asked Questions” sheet (in your new client kit). We hope this will help answer any of your questions and increase your enthusiasm. Have faith! We’re here for you and your project is close to completion. 😊
Phew! We got through the stressful parts. Now, we can start putting the finishing touches on your remodeling project. This is when you will start breathing easier and you’ll start getting more and more excited again. The plumbing fixtures will be installed and electrical will be finished up. Flooring will be put in. Then, we’ll add the “final doorknob” or the last touch to your project. Most excitingly, we’ll perform a final cleaning. Then, you’ll get to move back in again.
Once the project is complete, you’ll begin to return to normal life. At this point, you should be happy and excited to be living in your newly remodeled home. We are there for you as this project ends. During this phase, your appreciation of our team will return and continue to grow over time, we hope you’ll consider Almar for any of your future projects. We would love to take pictures of your space and show it off on our social media.
Our team at Almar hope this helped you understand the process of making selections and helped you feel more informed about your remodel and the emotions that might come up. You can contact us at (781-826-2577) or request a free estimate on our website. Watch our videos on Youtube.
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Almar Building & Remodeling Co (Hanover Ma). As a third-generation family-owned and operated company for over 60 years Almar Building has all the benefits of a small company with the options of a larger company. From Additions, Kitchens, Bathroom, Basement Renovations, Siding, Windows, to Doors Almar services the entire South Shore of Massachusetts including: Hanover, Hingham, Pembroke, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanson, Abington, Rockland, Holbrook, Braintree, Weymouth, Milton, and many more towns. Understanding the Remodeling Roller Coaster