Often homeowners are ill-prepared to take on a home remodeling project, but many homeowners will face a remodeling project at some point. Here are 10 of the biggest remodeling mistakes homeowners make: 1. Failing to research: Whether hiring someone or undertaking the project yourself, research. When hiring someone else you need to know what questions […]
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Here are 10 of the biggest remodeling mistakes homeowners make:
1. Failing to research:Whether hiring someone or undertaking the project yourself, research. When hiring someone else you need to know what questions to ask and how to monitor the project so you understand if the contractor is handling the project properly.
2. Going cheap!You know the saying “you get what you pay for?” That’s just as true in the home remodeling world as in any other industry. If you can’t afford to buy quality materials and services, wait until you can.
3. Setting too small of a budget:The largest cost of a remodeling project is often the labor. Many people underestimate what it costs to take on a remodeling project, and they also don’t pad their budget enough to account for any problems they may encounter.
4. Overbuilding:If you put too many upgrades into your home, you may end up with an expensive home in a less expensive neighborhood. You’ll never recoup the costs when it comes time to sell.
5. Improper priorities:A new bathroom or pool may look like a more attractive (ie. fun and appealing) remodeling project, but it shouldn’t come before such projects as your leaking, rotting windows.
6. Choosing projects which do not increase the home’s value:While a home remodeling project can and should aim to enrich the homeowner’s life, resale value is also an important consideration. Some of the projects which may not increase the value of a home include pools, high-maintenance landscapes and high-end upgrades.
7. Choosing products/designs which are too trendy:You want your house to look new and hip, but make it too much so, and its design will only appeal in the short term, again potentially affecting resale.
8. Not making a “living” plan:How will you live while the project is going on? Where will you stay if some of the work requires you to leave the home? How will you handle sharing one bathroom if the other bathroom is unusable for a period of time? Very few homeowners address these issues before going into a project, and instead face them (and much frustration) while they are undergoing a renovation.
9. Doing all, or most of the work themselves (DIYers):DIY is fine for some homeowners, but very few homeowners can do everything. And home improvement books can only instruct you so much. Know your limitations and contract out what you don’t have the expertise to handle.
10. Failing to hire a qualified contractor:Choose a contractor over a handyman, particularly one who is certified, trained and qualified for the work you need completed. And check references, making sure to ask to see a portfolio of work the contractor has done, as well as request to see a list of their affiliations and certifications.