Continuing part two from last week’s Surviving a Renovation…

Change can be hard. And we know this, as home renovation experts, it is our job to ease that difficulty. We want to continue where we left off to help make your next renovation a smooth process!

1. Keep it or Toss it?

Sort through your existing cabinetry, closets and other storage spots. One critical thought as you evaluate each item to be packed: will you want to unpack it again for use in your new space? If not, let it go.

2. Keep Dust and Debris at Bay:

Our goal is to keep the dust and debris contained to the project area. But we all know how dust travels!

For added protection, keep interior doors closed and cover open doorways with plastic sheets and blue painter’s tape. Plastic “zip walls” are also a great way to contain dust yet allow access to the project area when needed (these can be found at your local home improvement store).

Plastic sheets and runners on stairs (which stick to the existing carpet) are great “extra” protection.

Remember, every time you go in and out of the work area, dust will be tracked back into the rest of the house.

Buy cheesecloth to wrap around vents and registers in all the rooms.

Lastly, change your furnace filters during and after the remodel.

3. Step Away:

There are times during the renovation when it may be advisable to leave home for a few days. The refinishing of hardwood floors creates odors that most people find unpleasant. Painting can also change the air quality in the home, even if lower VOC paints are used.

Discuss the timing of these parts of the jobs to decide what would be best for your family. Most flooring contractors will work over the weekend to help accommodate the best times for the family to be displaced from their home.

4. Set Up Temporary Replacement:

If renovations impact your kitchen, planning for a temporary kitchen will make a big difference in how easily your family functions on a daily basis. Setting up the dining room (remove the rug and add protective table pads), an extra folding table and several plastic storage bins will make mealtimes much easier. For example, consider setting up the following items in a convenient space:

  • Cooking equipment:microwave, toaster oven, coffee pot, hot plate, medium sauce pan and electric griddle.
  • Storage and prep items: Refrigerator/freezer, can/bottle opener, vegetable peeler, two sharp knives, spatula, slotted spoon, ladle, colander, cutting board, microwave safe containers, pot holders.
  • Serving and dining:One set of dishes/glasses and flatware per family member, three serving bowls, three serving spoons/forks, and paper goods like plates, small cereal bowls, cups and utensils.
  • Food: Keep it simple: pre-made meals for the microwave, breakfast items, snack foods, pasta, etc.
  • Clean up: trash bin, trash bags, dish soap, sponge, dishtowels, paper towels, broom and dust pan. Consider what sink you will be using for cleanup.

5. Adults Only:

Although your kids might be interested in the construction, we advise that they not enter the project area without supervision, and never during the workday. The work area needs to be considered dangerous.

The noises, dust and new faces in your home are also likely to upset your pet.  Please keep them away from the work area at all times for their protection, as well as, for the workers.

Remember, we want the process to go as smoothly as possible, this makes a better environment for both construction crew and homeowners. We will help you every step of the way, communication is key!


Contact us to see how we can make your renovation as seamless as possible. NJW currently builds in Westerville, Worthington, Whitehall, Upper Arlington, Powell, Pickerington, New Albany, Lancaster, Hilliard, Gahanna, Dublin, Bexley, Columbus and all of Central Ohio.