2. Establish expectations with contractor. This isn't just about telling the contractor what you expect, this is also about the contractor and other professionals letting you know what are realistic expectations. This will make for a happier client and a more pleasant process overall. As the homeowner, you actually do have some control over the schedule. Taking too long to finalize decisions can cause significant delays. Here are some things to consider and discuss with your contractor:• How long will the overall construction last?• Ask your contractor what you can do to guard against delays. Oftentimes this means having all the product onsite and not designing in the field and making changes.• Discuss dust control. How will the construction be sectioned off from the rest of the house?• Discuss debris removal. Are you getting a Dumpster, or will debris be stored in the garage and removed in phases?• What areas can the crew use? What will be the staging area for tools, cutting wood and tile? What bathroom facilities will be available?• What are the cleanup expectations? Some contractors clean up at the end of each day, while others don't. Communicate what you want, but understand that certain requests may mean more expense.• When will you have to be out of the house for refinishing of floors? And for how long? What products will be used? Do they meet your expectations of low-VOC emissions?• What hours are OK for the crew to work? Can they work Saturdays? Arrange for things like keys and alarm codes.Don't forget to be nice to the neighbors and tell the contractor to do the same. Let the neighbors know you're starting a construction project and that there will be crews around. Tell them to please let you know if they have issues. Noise, debris and blocking the street with deliveries are often issues that come up with neighbors.Set up a recurring weekly construction meeting to touch base with your contractors and other pros. You may not need it every week, but at least it's on the schedule in case you do.