Planning for a remodel is all about doing your research, finding reliable help, and setting realistic expectations. Embarking on a home improvement project can be daunting, especially if building and construction are foreign to you.
Yes, a remodel is a major investment. However, we don’t want you to get too worried or stressed! Armed with an awareness of these common remodeling mistakes, you’ll be ready to tackle your project successfully! Read on below for our top 5 remodeling pitfalls to avoid.
1. Your Budget is too Constrictive.
We get it; you’re a practical person who isn’t looking to break the bank. Our team works with a lot of budget-conscious clients, but there’s a difference between being responsible and realistic. Unexpected things come up when you start tearing down walls and gutting kitchens; it’s just the nature of the game. We recommend setting a budget that takes surprises or a few changes into account.
2. Settling for the Wrong (Cheapest) Contractor.
When it comes to finding the right contractor, you’re going to want to do some thorough research and vetting. This is one area where it pays to be picky! Your contractor is the point person on your project; you should feel comfortable and confident in their skills and judgment. While it may be tempting to go with the person who offers the cheapest price tag, we advise focusing more on hiring a professional you trust.
3. Embracing too Many Trends.
Refreshing a dated home is a common remodeling motivation. It’s normal to get sick of the same old style or to want your space looking modern and new again. One word of warning about trends, though: approach with care. A few smartly-chosen trends feel tasteful, an entire room decked out in every last fad becomes overwhelming. Hone in on the trends that compliment your style and will stand the test of time.
4. Skipping Over the Details.
In the thick of renovation decision fatigue, making even one more design choice can be exhausting. Remember though; this is your chance to get the home you’ve always wanted! Storage details, add-ons, and small modifications may seem insignificant now, but you might regret skipping them later. Our solution? Research as much as you can upfront and make lists of what you want. That way, you’ll be prepared if decision fatigue sets in!
5. Not Addressing Problem Areas.
Above making your home look amazing, remodeling should improve the way it functions. Addressing problem areas, bad layouts, and building quirks is our job, after all. A contractor should leave your home better than they found it, not merely cover up your issues with a band-aid of beautiful finishes. Please, never settle for a remodeler who promises you bells and whistles, but doesn’t actually fix your home!
Are you ready to take the next steps on your remodel? Get in touch with Jason, today. He’d love to help make your plans a reality!