3 Things You Shouldn't Forget Before Your Home Remodel

Alexa Morales

Are you planning a major home renovation? Are you busy picking out materials and hiring contractors? While you may be excited about planning the project, it's important that you don't get so caught up in the excitement that you forget about a few crucial items. Failing to plan in key areas can cause your project to fall behind schedule or run way over budget. Here are three critical items that should be on your planning list. If you forget about them, you may see your project get derailed.

City permits. Chances are good that you'll need some kind of permits from your local municipality before work can begin. There may be building code issues that you need to address and even time restrictions on when work can begin and end. You may also need special permits if the project will interfere with or involve local utilities, such as sewage or power lines.

Also, think about whether the project will block traffic. If so, you may want to coordinate with the local police department. During busy times or days in which traffic is especially blocked, they can send someone out to manually direct traffic flow.

Double-check everything to stay on the municipality's good side. The last thing you want is for them to shut down your project.

Portable dumpsters. Everyone loves demo day because it's fun to knock down walls and cabinets. However, after all the fun is over, that stuff has to be disposed of. You won't want it piling up in your yard or blocking areas of the work site. That's why it's important that you get a portable dumpster for all construction waste. These dumpsters can go in the driveway or in your front yard. When the dumpster is full, you can have the company come and pick it up and drop off a new one. Keeping a clean work site will also likely keep your neighbors happy.

Temporary construction fencing. You're probably liable for safety on the work site. The last thing you want is for neighborhood children to wander in and hurt themselves. Also, if your workers are leaving materials and tools onsite at night, it could be a target for thieves and vandals. You can prevent all of this by putting up temporary fencing. The fence can have a locked gate and you can post signs warning against trespassing. That will keep most people out and it will likely shift any liability from you to the person who breaches the fence.

For more information, contact a portable services company. They can help you out with dumpsters, temporary fencing, and any other item you may need.