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Home Remodeling Do’s and Don’ts: Remember These 6 Most Important Tips

By finnteriors

May 7, 2019


Home Remodeling Do's and Don’ts

Home remodeling dos and don'ts can save you a lot of time and money when you take on a remodeling project.

There are an abundance of home remodeling dos and don'ts available online that can prove helpful.  Compile a master list of your favorite dos and don'ts as part of your remodel planning and add ours to the compilation. 

Home Remodeling Do's:

1. HOW TO KEEP PROJECT COST DOWN

"Spending less for appliances and cabinets, flooring, and countertops for your remodeling project is the quickest and most effective way to lower the cost of the whole project" according to our article, Kitchen Remodeling Tips, Tricks, And Secrets For Newbies. For more remodeling tips and tricks check out the entire article.

2. HOW TO INCREASE SAFETY

Make sure that the re-modelers working in your home have a clear area to work. Obstacle-free paths are work areas without trip hazards will keep your remodeling crew and family safer throughout the project.

3. HOW TO ESTIMATE ROI

If you care to recoup some of the project costs when and if you sell your home, consider the potential return on investment, ROI, before starting your remodeling project. For 2018 ROI numbers look to the Value of Home Upgrades SF Gate.

4. HOW TO CONTROL DUST

In What to Expect with a Kitchen Remodel Design Process we noted the dust that comes with remodeling. On dust:  "If you do not take control before the project starts - it's too late! Find out how your contractor controls construction dust before the project starts. Dust control or lack of control can make or break your project.

Cover floors with one of the non-adhesive, non-slip, super tough fabrics made for this purpose. They come on a roll and are engineered to protect hardwood floors and tile floors.  It is actual fabric. The material is absorbent and protects against chemicals, paint, and foot traffic scuffs.”

5. HOW TO HAVE A HAPPY REMODELING CREW

This is one of the most important dos to do! “Three R's of Keeping the Crew Happy” are courtesy of The (Don't Get Burned) Kitchen Remodeling Guide by thisoldhouse.com.

“1. Refreshments: You don't have to cater three squares a day, but at least offer a thermos of coffee or a cooler with soft drinks. They'll appreciate it.

2. Responsibility: The crew can't work efficiently if you're in the way. Ask questions, but don't overwhelm them with your TOH-taught smarts. And teach kids and pets the meaning of KEEP OUT.


3. Respect: Say good morning, good night, and good job when appropriate. And, please: Don't ask if they've met any desperate housewives lately. The appliances can be top-of-the-line, the finishes the most expensive around, but if the space doesn't work, it's money down the brand-new In-Sink-Erator. Here are 10 ways to arrive at the best design for you, even if—like the vast majority of Americans—you rarely cook a meal from scratch.”

Home Remodeling Don’ts:

1. KEEP CARPET OUT OF THE BATHROOM

In  an article entitled Carpeted Bathrooms by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard on the InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Inc., website:, explain why carpet is a health hazard in the bathroom.

“The presence of moisture in the pad will lead to the growth of decay fungi on the wood or oriented strand board (OSB) sub-floor. The sub-floor will be decayed and weakened by mold. Mold also releases spores that can cause respiratory ailments, especially for those with certain health problems. Inspectors can use moisture meters to determine if there is excess moisture beneath a carpet.

In addition to potential mold growth beneath the carpet, bacteria can accumulate in carpeting that surrounds the toilet. Bacteria are contained in urine, which can be accidentally deflected onto the carpet.”

2. DO NOT IGNORE THE WORK TRIANGLE

 Kitchen Layouts For Your Kitchen Remodeling Plan stresses the importance of the work triangle. “Consider the kitchen work triangle when designing your kitchen. The work triangle is the advised relationship used in kitchen design between the cooking, storage and washing; also called prep areas. Ideally, you can move effortlessly in the center of the work triangle while quickly shifting tasks.”: Read the whole article to learn more about the guidelines of the work triangle system. View our infographic to see the most common kitchen floorplans.

Contact Finnteriors The Home Remodeling Experts in St. Louis

Follow our home remodeling dos and don’ts and hire a reputable contractor to ensure your project runs smoothly. From project planning to procurement, installation, and logistics Finnteriors will do things right. Contact Finnteriors Construction to get a free estimate and home renovation consultation.

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