What to Do After a Remodel

By Leslie Eiler


Congratulations! You've just finished your kitchen, bathroom, basement, or whole-house remodel. Now what? Read on for some quick tips to make the most of your new space and map out your next steps. If you haven't started your remodel yet, this article will help you know what to expect when you eventually reach the finish line.

Final walk-through

After a remodel, your builder will likely schedule a final walk-through to discuss any remaining "punch list" items. If your remodeler doesn't schedule this critical meeting, make sure you do so yourself. Together, you will walk through every room and point out anything that is not 100% complete and perfect. Honest and experienced remodelers will also be looking at every detail with a keen eye for imperfections. The goal should be to write everything down on a list, which will hold your remodeler accountable and ensure that you are completely satisfied with your remodel.

See also: CRD Helps Guide Home Remodeling Clients Through the "Remodeling Curve"

Deep clean

Remodeling produces lots of dust and debris, which manages to find its way even to parts of your home that were not under renovation. Most good remodelers will take measures to control the spread of dust and include a professional cleaning service as part of their project package, but there is usually some flexibility. For instance, we've had clients trying to squeeze the most out of their remodeling budget who opt to complete the post-construction cleanup themselves. While this is certainly a way to save money, be advised that it can involve many hours of hard work. Whatever you choose to do, make sure your new space is completely clean before moving any furniture or personal items back in. Also be sure to replace your furnace filters that were in place during the remodel and consider cleaning your ducts and the furnace itself. These can collect significant amounts of dust.

See also: Why the "During" Is as Important as the "Before" or "After" in a Remodel

Talk with your insurance agent

For larger projects, you will want to document your investment and call your insuarance agent. You may need to adjust the limits on your homeowners policy if you have added significant value to your home. While you're at it, take the time to register any new products or appliances you purchased as part of your remodel to make any future warranty claims easier.

Move back in

Once all the items are checked off your punch list and your space is clean, it's time to decide which of your existing items, such as rugs, furniture, and art pieces, you will want to move back in and which pieces you'll want to replace. I absolutely understand the need to keep some existing pieces, but I would urge you to cast a critical eye on everything you're moving into your pristine new space. Does it match the new style? Does it fit your new layout? After all, you've invested a significant amount of money and time in your remodel, and you don't want to diminsh its value and appeal with old, out-of-place furniture. 

If the remodeling company you hired has interior designers on staff, you may want to tap their expertise, not just to design a new floorplan and pick fixtures, but to help you make the most of your decorating budget and aesthetic appeal. For instance, at CRD we are well-versed and installation of:

  • Area rugs
  • Furniture
  • Fabric
  • Accessories
  • Window coverings
  • Artwork

Being able to ace those last details is a key part of great interior design. And, like the Big Lebowski said, “That rug really pulled the room together.” I couldn’t agree more!

See also: Do I Need an Interior Designer for My Remodel?

Celebrate your new space

Now is the time to throw a party to show off your gorgeous new space. But before you do, be sure to take photographs to document it in its pristine shape. Your remodeler may also ask to schedule a professional photography session so that your project can be included in his or her portfolio.

Make a maintenance checklist

Your remodeler should have been saving the instruction manuals for all of the products he or she installed in your home. Ask your remodeler for advice on what tasks you should complete regularly to keep your home maintained in excellent condition. Here are just a few items you should keep in mind:

  • Natural stone: If you have granite, marble, or other natural stone countertops, you will need to seal them periodically to prevent stains. If water doesn't bead up on the surface, it's time to reseal. 
  • Wood floors: Protect newly-finished wood floors by installing felt pads on all of your heavy furniture. Ask your remodeler what products to use to safely clean your floors.
  • Filters: If your remodel included a new furnace or other HVAC equipment, you will need to regularly change your air filters. 
  • Caulk: New trim work and plumbing fixtures will all get caulked during your remodel. As natural materials adjust to the prevailing humidity of your home, they will shrink and expand. It is normal for caulk to pull away from the wall. Many remodelers will be happy to cover re-caulking under their warranty.

See also: Designing a Kitchen around Granite Countertops

Next steps

At CRD, we pride ourselves on treating our clients like family. And we often develop a friendship with many of our clients that last for many years and maybe even a few more remodels. As much as our clients enjoy having us around, they are also happy to see us go when their beautiful new space is complete. However, we are always happy to help our clients with the finishing touches of their space. Interested in learning more about how CRD designers can help pull your interior design together? Give us a call at 206-782-6959 or reach out online.

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