The first thing any home improvement project around the house should begin is a proper preparation. The easiest and the most convenient option is to hire a reputable remodeling contractor and after signing a contract with all details included go on a vacation for as long as a work will last or rent a place to stay out of the property. But for most of middle class homeowners it might not be the best solution for variety of reasons especially if the budget is limited and you are planning on performing some work by self in order to lower the expenses. It is a very common practice when homeowners will live in the house while actual work on a bathroom remodeling or hardwood floor installation will going on. Make sure you plan everything well ahead in order not to turn the whole remodeling ides into nightmare. There are some essential factors you should take into major consideration.Time or working hoursUsually 8 working hours is what you should expect from remodeling crew to stay in the house. But it is very common during busy season contractor might ask to extend the hours to 10 or sometimes even longer in order to complete the project in a shorter period of time. Many homeowners wouldn't mind and even will be much happier with such idea, but for some this might be not an option at all. In the case if you have a children or elderly people in the house who need more rest with a minimal stress you might find the better solution and discuss it with a contractor when and how long working hours will be.Whether the house will require shutting the water, electricity or gasFirst of all, if the home improvement will require disconnecting electricity or water for a period longer than remodeling crew's working hours you might consider to find an alternative place to stay while they make it works again. Typically, professional crew will not shut off the major utilities for a long period knowing the fact homeowners stay in the house, but it is not everything simple and predictable with remodeling. In some cases it is unavoidable and such possibility has to be discussed with a satisfactory solution found.Do not forget about your partIf upon signing a contract you agreed to perform some work by self, in order to cut remodeling expenses, you cannot slow the whole process. Try to avoid any miscommunication and work out all aspects in the remodeling process with a contractor and his crew while completing your part. It is no question you are the boss, but be a smart boss and everyone will be satisfied with a work results including you as a homeowner.