How to Prepare Your Home for Renovation

So you’ve made the decision to start a major home renovation and are now getting ready for the big project. To make the process as smooth and safe as possible, we suggest this easy checklist to get ready for your renovation.

  1. Discuss the livability of your home with your General Contractor. Ask what areas will be impacted by crews, equipment, and general construction overflow. Your contractor will set realistic expectations about what it will be like to stay in the house during your renovation or make the gentle suggestion to consider staying at an alternative location depending on the size and scope of the project.
  2. Review project stages, general timeline, and communication plan with your General Contractor. This will help you understand where you are in the process as the job gets underway.
  3. Remove all decor, wall hangings, furniture, and other items from the renovation area and traffic ways. Store these items in a safe space such as a garage, basement, or unused room to keep your remaining living space comfortable.
  4. If you choose to stay in the home, take necessary steps to keep pets and children away from the renovation area. We suggest using gates to restrict access. Also, make arrangement for pets during the construction, whether it be placing them in a secure location in the house away from the work or having them stay with family or friends.
  5. Arrange for access to your home if you will not be home during the work. Arrange for a spare key or a garage code for your General Contractor to use to grant access to your home.


Proper preparation makes the renovation process easier for everyone involved. Don’t be shy about asking additional questions of your General Contractor to ensure you’re comfortable and ready for your renovation.

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