Not really feeling the love about a particular part of your home? Want to freshen up the look a bit? Is the area looking a little outdated, or perhaps a tad dilapidated? Whatever your motivation for undergoing a remodel, it requires a lot of information-gathering and forethought.
While you may be ready to hit the ground running, impatience will cost you big time in the long-run. It may not be possible to anticipate every problem, or ensure a process free of stress and problems, but a little bit of education can go a long way, and one of the best things to read up on is the most common mistakes people make when remodeling, in hopes you can avoid making these same errors. Here are just a few to really keep in mind once you decide to move forward.
Being Unrealistic about What You Can Handle Yourself
Some people are going with the professionals all the way—they know nothing about this stuff, and don’t care to. But, then there are the people who may have a bit of handiness in their blood, or feel they can easily teach themselves how to do certain things. This can be a great way to save some money, but in trying to save as much as possible, they take on projects way beyond their ability.
Mistakes are made, the wrong materials are purchased, and in your efforts to shave a few bucks off the cost of the remodel, you now just spent more than you really needed to. For those of you considering doing some of the work yourself to cut costs, if you have any doubts whether you can do the job properly, do the smart thing and bring in the professionals. If you go into the remodel with an obsessive zeal to do it as cheaply as possible, you are getting things off on the very wrong foot. Seek the services of a professional home remodeling company like DM Building to get things right the first time.
Not Realizing the Full Impact of the Remodel
Remodeling is stressful for a million different reasons, namely the disruption it causes in your daily life. One of the biggest mistakes newbies make is failing to consider the full impact the project will have on their routines. Poor planning will make this stressful experience ten times more so. Make sure you have a good talk with the contractor about every little thing that will be happening during the project so you and your family can plan accordingly.
Not Doing Enough Homework on Contractors
Nightmare stories abound about contractors—shoddy materials, substandard work, unprofessional behavior, going ridiculously over-budget, and sometimes, leaving the job unfinished never to return. You are excited to get started, you interview someone and everything seems fine; they are available to start right away, so the job is theirs. This is not the way to do it.
Check they have proper licensing; investigate whether any complaints have been filed against the contractor. Get references, and actually follow up on them, and make sure the jobs were similar in nature to yours. And don’t just talk to past clients. Talk to the suppliers and subcontractors who work with the company on a regular basis. Their experiences with the contractor can offer a goldmine of useful information on which to base your decision. Hiring a contractor is not to be taken lightly.
Making Important Decisions at the Very Last Minute
Chances are, you are not so wealthy you can afford to do a remodel every few years, so it is important to get things as close to perfect right now. You will be living with these results for many years to come; while you may not be able to help questioning any decisions made, no matter how carefully thought-out and no matter how much you love the remodel, you don’t want to end up in a position where you are really regretting your choices because you made them in a rush.