5 Ways To Survive Your Remodeling Job

Two focuses of my blog are Home/Living Discussions and Home/Property Discussions. If you own a property, chances are you’re going to look to remodel it at some point. Remodeling jobs can be a lot of work if you don’t know what you’re doing. The following contributed post is entitled, 5 Ways To Survive Your Remodeling Job.

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Remodeling. The word itself inspires at once feelings of excitement for the project that lies ahead while still being mixed with a healthy dose of rampant fear at all the upheaval and chaos that can sometimes come along with it.

If you’re adding an extension or doing a complete overhaul, we got you.

We think that that needs to change, so we’ve created a cheat sheet for you that covers everything from planning to clean up and the bits in between because a remodel, like a change – should be as good as a holiday.

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This applies whether you’re planning for a remodel at home or the office. You first have to know what you’re planning on achieving, your budget, and what skills you have access to in your area that can bring about your end result as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible.

Remember the triangle of expectation: You can have it:

Fast and high-quality – but it won’t be cheap.
You can have it cheap and fast – but it won’t be high quality; or
You can have it high quality and slow – but it will be affordable.

Ideally, you want to fit all of your planning within that triangle based on the time, space, and budget resources you have at your disposal.


Once you’ve plotted out and planned for your remodeling job, appointed your contractors, and found your suppliers, stick to your plan! You are going to get nowhere, and you’ll end countless wasted hours and dollars to your endgame if you keep changing your mind. A good artist knows when to put down his brush, but also know this: things can and will go wrong, and when that happens, you’ll make it through a lot more efficiently and with way more sanity if you’re prepared to accept that sometimes not everything is going to go your way all the time.

So that means that having a plan B is always a good idea.


Set up a plan to meet with all stakeholders around the midpoint of your remodel to ensure that everyone is on track, spending is in line with budget and that if there has been overspend, it can be discussed and assessed and perhaps saved on other non-essential elements to keep your budget on track too.


This needs to be factored into your ongoing planning and project management and should start at the very beginning of your remodel. You will need professionals to handle certain types of waste where it’s appropriate. Still, for all of your “regular” trash, you can’t go wrong with a dumpster rental service that sets up a bin on your property and, seven days later, fetches it. Easy as pie.


As your project nears its end before your contractors leave the scene (trust us on this one), you should plan to have all of your contractors and suppliers (where applicable) start conducting regular walkthroughs and provide you with reports on issues, damage that needs to be repaired or what is not going to be delivered on time and what the plan for that is.

You will find that regardless of how complicated your remodel project is or the scale of the project, using these five easy principles can be a solid guide towards remodel heaven.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct Examiner.com, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.

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