Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid at all Cost

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Remodeling any part of the home is one of the most rewarding but costly aspects of owning a home. That’s why it is important to avoid all the pitfalls that could otherwise cost you even more money! Worse, some remodeling mistakes could lead to delays and undesirable result. To ensure that you are getting exactly what you pay for, we are listing down common remodeling mistakes you have to avoid at all cost:

Rushing the Project

When it comes to remodeling any space in the home, you simply cannot rush perfection. Rushing into the project and out will only lead to wasted money, undesirable results, and potential structural problems. Just like anything in life, remodeling a living space requires a plan. You need to know what look you want and work with your contractor to achieve just that. Take your time, get a feel for the project, develop a plan, and talk to your contractor about it. By working together to develop the best plan for the project, you can achieve the desired results.

Jumping on the First Contractor You Interviewed

Never jump on the first contractor that you come across with. Take your time taking several bids, checking the references of every candidate and checking with the local business bureau to determine the reputation of the contractors. Each contractor must have business liability insurance and subcontractors should be covered by the under worker’s compensation insurance. If the contractor is subcontracting work, the companies should be insured.

Our advice is to work with a contractor that suits your personality, one that’s always open to communicate. The best contractor should present a complete breakdown of all the labor and materials needed to get the project done even before the work starts.

Unrealistic Budget

If you are remodeling your space, your budget should have enough room for added expenses. Never set “just enough” money for remodeling. If you do, you might find yourself more stressed out and frustrated for shelling out more than you expect. Ideally, you want to provide at least 20% cushion for your peace of mind. Remember, unexpected issues could arise any time in a remodeling project so make sure you are covered financially.

Penny Pinching

You get exactly what you pay for. If you keep using cheap, sub-par materials, you will end up with cheap-looking results. Having a penny-pinching mindset won’t get you far if you are taking on a very ambitious project. For instance, DIY projects are great for weekends but it’s not ideal if you are remodeling an entire space!

Choosing cheap materials over high-quality ones is just as bad. Cheaper materials seem like a great choice at first because of the money you can save but if they will break down much quicker than high-quality materials. In the end, you will pay more for repairs if you let a penny-pinching mindset get the best of you. If you can, let the professionals handle the remodeling and always choose high-quality materials.

Extra Expenses on Materials

Although high-quality materials are expensive, you can trim your total expenses without sacrificing quality. If you have plenty of time to spare before the project starts, consider hunting garage sales, estate sales, flea markets, and moving sales to score great deals on materials. If you chose an excellent contractor then the workers have all the skills to breathe life back to usable materials you bought on a discount.


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