Get a folder and keep all papers pertaining to your remodel in one place. This will include things like your contract, receipts, building permits, ideas, sketches or plans, etc…
Make sure you remember to cover your furniture that cannot be moved with plastic to protect it from any dust that will surely be generated by the tear down and construction process.
Select the floor covering, countertops, cabinets, light fixtures etc. very early in the process to get more accurate quotes and prevent delays caused by waiting for materials to arrive. Be aware that you may not be able to have everything you want and still stay within budget.
You should set aside at least 10% of your budget for unexpected issues that may arise during a remodel. Your contractor cannot know what problems may lurk behind cabinet, drywall, and flooring. Dry rot, rot, and mold are common problems found in walls and floors. Many times correcting these problems is required in order to continue with construction. Hope for no problems but plan for them anyway. Peace of mind is important during a disruptive remodel.
Plan to keep children and pets out of the work area. The contractor will try to accommodate children and pets but their work will proceed faster and more smoothly if they do not have to. In the end, a construction area is not safe for them.
Remodeling will be disruptive. If it’s a Kitchen you’re remodeling, try to set up a small mini kitchen in another part of the house, maybe with a microware, toaster oven and mini frig. You will need a place to prepare and eat meals. If it’s a bath remodel, make plans to share another bath in the home.
At times, your project will probably require the use of products that cause strong smells like glues, paints, and sealers. You may want to schedule away time to coincide with the use of these products.
Communicate with contractors but make every effort to stay out of their way during work times. It’s best to talk when they first arrive or as they are preparing to leave for the day.