Rainy Lake, Minnesota
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5 Steps to Prepare for Home Remodeling August 21, 2018

Rainy Lake, Koochiching
5 Steps to Prepare for Home Remodeling , Rainy Lake, Minnesota

Home remodeling is an exciting time, no matter the size of the project. Once your budget is set and your general contractor is ready to go, it’s important for you as the homeowner to be ready for the ups and downs of a renovation to make the process as stress-free as possible. Take a few extra steps to prepare your house for a home remodeling project.

Home Remodeling Preparation Tips

1. Timeline

Once plans are set, speak with your contractor to establish a timeline for the project. While changes may happen, an outline of when the work will begin, when milestones should be achieved, and when your home will be ready to go is important. Make sure you know who your point of contact is so communication is open and easy throughout, especially if the timeline changes.

2. Kitchen & Bathroom Backups

When your home remodeling includes a bathroom or kitchen, have a plan for when these critical rooms are out of order. Set up a temporary kitchen complete with refrigerator, slow cooker, microwave, and other appliances to prepare meals. If you have an outdoor grill, consider using that if weather permits. If your home doesn’t have a second bathroom, set up a temporary shower and toilet in a basement, or rent a portable bathroom and place it in your yard.

3. Property Protection

home remodelingRemove all items from rooms under construction, including belongings in adjacent areas. Renovations lead to dust and vibrations as the work progresses, and items in neighboring rooms may get knocked off walls and shelves. Fragile items should be stored far away from the main site and shouldn’t be replaced until the project is completed.

4. Children & Pets

Keep children and pets away from the construction zone. Work areas are unsafe, with dust and debris swirling around as well as tools and equipment that are dangerous for young kids and furry friends. Have a plan for them during working hours. Bring them to a friend or neighbor’s house, or establish activities away from the home while contractors are renovating.

5. Lawn & Landscaping

Some projects can affect your landscaping, especially if your project involves digging or extending a foundation. Your lawn can also be affected when equipment and materials are moved into the work area or there is demolition. Build a plywood walkway so that contractors aren’t tracking boots and heavy loads across grass. Place tarps over bushes and flower beds, and move pots and planters away from the area.


Up North Builders, Inc. offers commercial and residential clients top home remodeling services in Littlefork, Rainy Lake, Lake Kabetogama, and International Falls, MN. Licensed, bonded, and insured, these general contractors and union carpenters bring more than 20 years of experience to every project. Whether you need excavating or design help, their extensive offerings and knowledge give you peace of mind that your project will be expertly completed. Call (218) 285-3635, or visit their website for more information and a gallery.