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6 Biggest Remodeling Regrets and How to Avoid Them

By finnteriors

May 6, 2020

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Remodeling or updating any room in your home is no easy task.  There are so many components to consider and ponder. How much should you spend? What type of materials should be used? What’s the best layout? Is my design functional? Which contractor should you use? You must know what you need and want.

A well thought out plan along with some professional assistance is just the beginning of the process. There will always be some rough patches along the way such as late deliveries or mis-measured materials. Some homeowners, however, wish they could remodel their space all over again.

The Most Common Remodeling Regrets

Taking the time to plan, budget and thoroughly research for a remodeling project can help homeowners avoid costly mistakes and have fewer regrets.

1. Going with the Lowest Bid

Placing to much focus on costs and affordability of a remodeling project can lead to poor quality work. This happens when homeowners try to keep costs down to the bare minimum. The lowest quote doesn’t mean you’ll get the best work.  You may end up having to fix mistakes or re-do some of the projects.

Do your due diligence in researching remodeling companies. Get quotes from at least three contractors and compare them in detail. Check exactly what the quote covers. Beware of the fine-print details that come along with a discounted price. Before making a final decision, ask each contractor for photos and references from previous customers and projects.

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2. Not Having A Detailed Budget

Having a detailed budget is important. Underestimating the cost of a remodeling contract can result in an unfinished project. Homeowners who don’t budget properly are at risk of running out of money before the project is completed. The contractor should provide a detailed scope of the work to be done, materials needed, and plan to the homeowner before any agreement is signed.

A reasonable budget that is communicated with the contractor and supported by an agreement can help keep costs under control. Always include a 10% to 20% buffer in your budget for unexpected costs. 

3. Not Researching Materials

Research different material options to help in choosing which is most suitable for your remodeling project. The choice of materials also plays a role in the functionality of your home. Information on materials should include:

  • Price
  • Colors
  • Finishes
  • Durability
  • Sustainability

Once you’ve done your research, share the information with the contractor. The materials you choose should be durable for your lifestyle and the occupants in your home. With more knowledge on material options, both you and the contractor can better decide on what works best for the remodeling project.

4. Letting the Contractor Make All the Decisions

When decisions need to be made, the homeowners should always be consulted. It’s easy to defer decisions to the contractor, but if you are not happy with the results, you are not blameless.   It’s not advisable to go on vacation during a remodeling project. You should also be present at the beginning or end of a remodeling project.

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5. Non-specific or Vague Plans

Sharing a clear vision of the room you want to be remodeled with your contractor is key to getting a detailed plan and drawing. If you don’t have a clear plan, you’ll constantly change your mind which costs time and money. Miscommunication can be avoided if the homeowner has a detailed written plan and expectations that are well articulated to the contractor.

Many homeowners find their remodel project heading way off-track because they haven’t clearly specified their goals. They envision one thing, while their contractor envisions something entirely different.  Become familiar with the proper terminology for the looks and finishes you want. This can help you accurately communicate your wishes to your contractor.

6. Not Soliciting Professional Advice

It is wise to consult an architect, designer, or lighting expert to help with planning and material selection. These professionals know about the best materials, organization, and gadgets to make your new space the best it can be. Following trends that you see in magazines or on Pinterest is not always the best option.

Your needs, personal taste, and functionality should be considered when planning for a remodeling project. Hiring a designer prevents you from making style gaffes and can also point out solutions that you might not otherwise have considered. This can save time and money in the long run.

Ready for A Remodel?

If you’re ready to transform or upgrade your home, Finnteriors has the experience and knowledge to give you the space you’ve always dreamed of. Whether it’s a bathroom or kitchen that needs renovating, or an addition to your home. we’re here to help bring your vision to life. Contact us today for a free consultation.


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