Most people underestimate the process of a home remodeling project. Homeowners jump too quickly into the project resulting in costly mistakes. They don’t take the time to analyze the process and consider how many things could go wrong.
Planning a remodel project for your home is exciting; however, you should know what mistakes to avoid to make your life less stressful.
Preventing Problems with Your Remodel
A home remodel should not be stressful and frustrating. Whether this is your first remodel or you’re a seasoned pro, knowing what to look for will help you plan accordingly and have a smooth home renovation. Here are some recommendations on what NOT to do on your next remodel to make your life and project easier.
1. Ignoring Local Building Codes
Building codes vary depending on the city, county, and community in with you live. Most remodeling changes require permits, not to mention needing approval from your Homeowners Association (HOA). Get accurate information and documentation before you start tearing down walls.
2. No Budget
You should always have a budget for your remodel. The costs are always more than you initially expect, so it is recommended to have extra money set aside for such events. If the budget for what you’re planning is more than you can reasonably afford, you’ll need to scale down the work, downgrade the materials or keep saving.
3. Overestimating Your DIY Capabilities
Don’t overestimate your DIY abilities. Be realistic about your knowledge and time constraints. We all want to save money; however, some remodeling projects must be completed by a professional. Know your strengths and when you should hire a professional to step in and help.
4. Choosing a Contractor Based on Price Alone
Many homeowners view low prices as the main reason for choosing a contractor. They naively assume that every company will provide the same value, level of service, and turnaround time. You should get quotes from at least 3 contractors. Have written estimates from each to compare. Choose the one giving you the best value, which may not be the lowest bid.
5. Not Checking References
Knowing exactly who you’re hiring is important. Checking a contractor’s reputation, past experience, or references will give you some idea of what you’re getting. You should also verify the contractor’s license, insurance, and other credentials through your state contractors’ licensing board.
Also, make sure you choose the right type of contractor for your remodeling project. Don’t take a chance on getting ripped off because you hired a carpenter instead of an electrician. All contractors are not experienced in every type of remodeling. Do your homework and always check out your contractor’s capabilities before hiring.
6. Starting Work Without a Contract
Before starting any home remodeling project, you should always have a clear plan in mind. Never start the project without a contract. It should thoroughly describe the scope of work, the materials to be used, cleanup and debris removal, the total price, payment schedule, and estimated timeframe for completion.
7. Paying Upfront
If a contractor demands a large amount of money up-front before any work has been completed, don’t do it. Be cautious if a contractor asks you to pay more than 10% of the total cost. Check with your state’s contractors’ licensing board for rules about the maximum deposit a contractor can ask for.
8. Not Measuring Spaces Properly
Not measuring properly is a costly mistake. For example, mismeasuring kitchen cabinets only to realize they don’t fit can cause you headaches, time, and money. You can avoid this issue by measuring a few times to ensure you have the correct dimensions.
9. Not Considering Changing Layouts
One of the top mistakes that happen during a home renovation is the fear of changing a layout. If you find a space that is hard to move around in, be open to the idea of rearranging things.
10. Working on Too Many Rooms at Once
You shouldn’t remodel the entire house at one time. Instead, break your renovations up based on rooms, and tackle them one at a time. Begin with joint living spaces first because they are where your family spends most of the time. Breaking down your project by room is less overwhelming.
Trusted Remodeling Professionals
Being aware of potential misconceptions and drawbacks can go a long way in preventing future headaches for clients and contractors alike. Before you dive into a home remodeling project, it’s always a good idea to do your research. It also helps to hire a contractor with a reputation for excellence.
Finnteriors can turn your vision into reality. We provide quality work and great customer service. Contact us today to get started on your next project.