How to Relieve the Stress of Holiday Renovation

The holidays are busy times, and if you are in the middle of a home project, they are even more chaotic. Putting your project on pause while all of your festivities are going on may be an option, but it also might be a bad idea if you want the project to be completed as soon as possible. Even if you aren’t having guests over, the construction might be overwhelming for you and your immediate family. Here are ways to keep a renovation project going without interrupting your family or festivities.

Provide a schedule.

Check the schedule that your contractor has to stay on task and keep up with deadlines. You should add any additional notes that you feel will help the contractor out during the build. For example, if you are hosting a get together, you should tell your contractor to stick to the quieter tasks and make note of the hours of the party. Have the contractor review the schedule days or even a couple of weeks before your festivities take place, otherwise there will be holiday disruptions.

Stay on the same page with your contractor.

If you practice effective, face-to-face communication with your contractor you will save yourself a lot of hassle. Going by the same schedule is great for making your contractor aware of holiday plans, but talking through the project together will help get you both on the same page.


Just because your house is getting an upgrade doesn’t mean you can’t spruce your rooms up with some holiday decor. Set up the Christmas tree, drape the lights and feel free to hang stockings from the half-finished staircase remodel. As long as your family is safe, decorations are not only okay, but necessary.


We encourage you to remain open and flexible to new ideas from your contractor, because they might lead to a better end result. The James Construction & Renovation team of professionals will be respectful of your home and your time while we work.

Check out some of our remodeling projects here as inspiration for your next renovation!


How to Effectively Communicate with Your Contractor

If you are about to embark on a remodeling project for your home then you are ready to choose a contractor. Hiring the right contractor means finding someone who will have your best interest in mind. Take recommendations from family, friends and online reviews while considering contractors. You are the one with the vision of how you want the finished product to look, so it is your job to find a contractor who will get the job done correctly and at an honest price.

The First Meeting is Everything

The first meeting with your contractor should be on-site of your project. Not only will the wish list and budget be established, but a discussion of the complete project plan will take place when consulting with James Construction & Renovation.

Clarifying Terms and Conditions

Just as your contractor should know everything you want done on your home project, you should know all terms and conditions before committing to your contractor.

Budget plays a major role in your project, so your contractor needs to focus on value engineering. He or she might have a standard process that they use to work on homes, but you need to remind them that your vision needs to be executed regardless of what process they stand by.

Designing, Ordering & Scheduling

The design process involves discussions of what you like, parameters that you’re working in, and involves spatial planning. Refinement and modification are both part of the process. Don’t forget, it is your home and your vision. Your money means you’re in charge!

Upon approval of the layout and designs, project samples will be ordered and details of the project timeline will be identified.

Post Construction

Once the project is completed, James Construction & Renovation will do a final walk-through, formulate a punch list of any tasks to be completed to satisfy the contract terms, and discuss warranties and maintenance.

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