Homeowner Remodeling Etiquette

While home remodeling can be an exciting adventure, it’s important to remember that neighbors may not be quite as thrilled with the project as you are. While a professional home remodeler will help lessen the impact on the neighbors, here are some additional tips to help keep the peace in the neighborhood.

  • Let neighbors know well in advance about your home remodeling plans and keep them apprised of progress, detail by detail. Tell them when work will begin, the approximate completion date, what type of work will be done and whether workers might have to come onto their property. If delays arise, promptly contact your neighbors to inform them of the revised schedule.

  • Make sure noisy power tools are only used during standard business hours. Reasonable hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

  • Inform your neighbors of any large trucks entering the neighborhood and ask subcontractors to park on one side of the street only. Try your best to have materials dropped off in your driveway or yard rather than the street, and keep your yard as tidy as possible. Watch for debris that might find its way onto your neighbors' yards, especially if a roofing project is involved.

  • Remove dumpsters as quickly as possible. If you have room left in your last dumpster, invite neighbors to dump anything they might have lurking in their garage that needs tossing.

  • If the neighbors are unhappy with an aspect of your project, promptly visit them to apologize. When your project is complete, show your neighbors your appreciation by throwing a party. You can thank them for their patience and proudly show off your remodeled home.

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