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What to Expect During a Home Remodel

Understanding what to expect during a home remodel can help ensure a smoother, more enjoyable renovation experience. Being prepared can make all the difference from planning and budgeting to dealing with unexpected challenges.

Emotional Journey: The Remodeling Rollercoaster

Home remodeling is not just a physical transformation; it's also an emotional journey. Understanding the emotional stages can help you manage your expectations and stay positive. Before we get into what to expect during a home remodel, let's take a closer look at the emotional rollercoaster you might experience:

  • Excitement: At the start, you'll likely feel enthusiastic and eager to see your plans come to life. The prospect of a new space can be exhilarating.
  • Doubt and Anxiety: As you begin to see the scale of the project, you might feel anxious about the time, cost and disruption. It’s normal to question whether you made the right decision.
  • Stress and Frustration: As construction progresses, the disruption to your daily life and unforeseen challenges may cause stress. Delays and unexpected issues are common sources of frustration.
  • Impatience: As the project nears completion, you may become impatient and eager to enjoy your new space.
  • Relief and Satisfaction: Once the remodel is finished, you'll feel a sense of relief and satisfaction. The hard work and patience will pay off when you see the final result.
  • Pride and Joy: Finally, you'll experience pride and joy in your newly transformed home. Hosting friends and family in your improved space can be particularly rewarding.

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1. Initial Consultation and Planning

Emotion: Excitement

The predominant feeling during this step is excitement because you are finally remodeling your home!

Meeting with Your Remodeler: The first step in any remodeling project is meeting with your remodeler to discuss your vision, needs and budget. This is your opportunity to share your ideas and get professional input on feasibility and design.

Creating a Design Plan: Once your remodeler understands your goals, they will work with you to create a detailed design plan. This plan includes drawings, material selections and a timeline for the project. When you review the plan, make sure it aligns with your vision, and if you have questions, ask. This will be the blueprint (literally) for your remodeling project.

2. Pre-Construction Preparation

Emotion: A bit anxious

There is usually a noticeable dip in emotions during the pre-construction phase. The excitement wanes as you face the reality of your investment and the preparations needed before work starts. You must wait for permits, approvals and material deliveries, which can be stressful and overwhelming. This phase often feels like a low point, with anticipation building as you eagerly await the start of construction.

Permits and Approvals: Before construction can begin, necessary permits and approvals must be obtained. Your remodeling company typically handles this, but it’s good to be aware of the timeline and any potential delays.

Setting Up the Space: Preparing your home for construction involves clearing out the work area of your personal belongings (your responsibility) and setting up protective measures to minimize dust and damage to other parts of your home (your remodeler's responsibility). Your remodeler will guide you on what needs to be done.

Ordering Materials: Many materials, such as custom cabinets or countertops, require long lead times. Your remodeler will order and coordinate the delivery of these materials to ensure they arrive on time.

Start Date: Once everything is in place, your remodeling project can finally begin! This will be a welcome shift from pre-construction preparations to actual construction work.

3. Demolition

Emotion: Happy

After weeks of waiting, demolition day has arrived! Emotions of excitement and hope fill the air as you get excited again about this adventure.

What to Expect: Demolition can be noisy and messy. This phase involves tearing down walls, removing old fixtures, and preparing the space for new construction. It’s often the most disruptive part of the remodel (and we cannot stress this enough), but it is also the first visible step toward transformation.

Duration: The length of time for demolition depends on the project's size and scope. Your remodeler will provide an estimated timeline and keep you informed of progress.

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4. Construction and Installation

Emotion: A little confused

This phase is chaotic, and it may be difficult to see the progress immediately. The flurry of activity can leave you feeling a bit disoriented and uncertain about the advancements being made.

Structural Changes and Framing: If your remodel involves structural changes, this is when new walls, doorways or windows are framed. This phase lays the groundwork for the rest of the project.

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Work: Next, the focus shifts to installing or updating plumbing, electrical wiring and HVAC systems. This is when it feels chaotic to many homeowners, but rest assured that each trade professional is focused on their specific tasks to make sure every element is correctly installed. This is meticulous work, as all components must be in place before moving on to insulation and wall construction. Additionally, several inspections must be conducted to ensure everything meets building code requirements.

5. Drywall Installation and Sanding

Emotion: What have we done?

This phase can be particularly challenging for homeowners because of a few factors: you’ve likely been living with the disruptions of construction for an extended period, and this one messy step!  Being prepared for this stage can help manage your expectations and reduce stress.

Drywall: Once the structural and system work is complete, drywall is installed. After the drywall is up, extensive sanding is required to achieve smooth, seamless walls. This generates a considerable amount of dust, which, if unprepared, can cause homeowners to experience an emotional low point. Just remember that all the sanding ensures that the final finish is flawless.

5. Finishing Touches

Emotion: Impatient, yet cautiously optimistic

Cabinets, Countertops, Flooring and Fixtures: During this phase, your new cabinets, countertops and fixtures are installed. Your new flooring also gets installed, and for many homeowners, this is a joyous time because they think the end is near ... and it is, but not quite as soon as they'd thought.

NOTE: Between cabinets and countertops and painting and trim work, we often see impatience set in. From our experience, this is the hardest part of the remodeling project for our clients. Why? because they no longer see a "big movement" of items coming together. The crew is often not at the job site every single day. But you need to trust the process that things are happening behind the scenes, even if it feels like it came to a screeching halt.

Painting and Trim Work Painting and trim work are the final steps in transforming your walls and adding a polished finish. Your remodeler will ensure that the walls have clean lines and a professional appearance.

6. Project Completion

Emotion: Relief and Satisfaction

As the project nears completion, emotions turn to relief and satisfaction. After weeks or months of construction, you can finally see your vision come to life. You'll feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in the hard work that went into creating your newly transformed space.

Final Inspection: Before officially declaring the project complete, local authorities conduct a final inspection to make sure everything meets building code requirements.

Quality Check: Before the remodel is officially complete, your contractor will perform a thorough quality check to ensure everything is up to standard. During this time, any necessary adjustments or touch-ups will be made.

Homeowner Walkthrough: The final walkthrough is your opportunity to review the completed work with your contractor. They will explain how to care for your new space and address any questions or concerns you may have.

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7. Enjoy Your New Space

Emotion: Pride and Joy! 

Settling In: Now that the remodel is complete, it’s time to enjoy your new space. Take some time to settle in and appreciate the transformation ... (and maybe throw a party?)!

Remodeling your home involves various phases, each bringing its own emotions and challenges. By staying informed and prepared for each stage, you can better manage expectations and reduce stress. Remember, the ultimate reward is a beautiful, transformed space that you will cherish for years to come. Understanding what to expect during a home remodel can make this exciting adventure smoother and more enjoyable.

If you are ready to remodel your home, schedule a consultation. Our remodeling services include the North Dallas areas, from University Park to Allen, and the communities in between. We invite you to experience the unparalleled service and expertise that sets us apart in the Dallas remodeling scene.



We value transparency and honesty at Transom Remodeling. Use our Kitchen Remodeling Cost Guide to learn about different remodeling costs and what to expect. What else is included?

  • Kitchen remodeling costs based on the size of your kitchen
  • Cost breakdowns within each kitchen size category
  • The features and finishes you can expect at every cost level