10 Things Not to Do When Remodeling Your Home

Whether you are wanting to update your outdated space, add rooms to your home, or increase functionality and workflow, taking on a remodeling job isn’t all it’s made out to be. Reality TV and social media paint a different picture than actuality. Before you get started, there are several things you need to know to ensure you’re not setting yourself up for overwhelm and uncertainty.

1. Don’t assume. Every remodeling project isn’t considered equal:

Many home projects will involve more expertise than others. While you may think replacing flooring, removing a wall, or updating an outdated fireplace may be as simple as you’ve seen, these projects may uncover underlying issues that need to be addressed in order to avoid hazardous issues later down the line.

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2. Don’t enlist friends and family to help you if they aren’t experienced:

While they may have your best interests at heart and save you money, overlooked issues and lack of experience can lead to costly mistakes, injury, and damage to important elements in your home. Unless your family and friends have experience with home remodeling, its beneficial to reach out to a professional for help.

3. Never assume that your budget won’t go over your estimation:

This is one of the most common situations homeowners find themselves in. While you may have done your homework on how much your materials, products, labor, and miscellaneous remodeling components will cost, there always should be a budget for unforeseen situations. Many remodeling projects have the potential to uncover circumstances that will cannot be caught prior to demolition. Opening up walls can often lead to electrical, structural or plumbing surprises. Remodeling older homes can often unveil mold, pipes leaking or rotting and deteriorating wood.

4. Don’t assume a weekend remodeling project will only take 48 hours:

Remodeling shows can be misleading. The fantasy of leaving your home on a Thursday evening and returning to a completely renovated space that Sunday is a stretch. What’s not shown is the man power and countless professionals working around the clock to make this weekend transformation possible. Similarly to your budget, time is another resource that is valuable and shouldn’t be underestimated – especially if there’s unforeseen situations.

5. Don’t overlook local building codes and regulations for your area:

Depending on where you live, the local building codes and statutes may need to be considered. Especially if you are digging outside your home for a pool, pouring a structural foundation, or installing certain electrical/plumbing/mechanical/structural components may need a building inspector to review for safety.

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6. Don’t assume every contractor will understand your concepts:

When it comes to hiring a professional contractor – communication and conveying concepts is essential. Not every remodeling company or contractor is experienced with your vision for an updated kitchen & bath design. That’s why it’s important to browse their portfolio of completed jobs and share your favorite elements from magazines and the internet. Don’t rely on just your verbal explanation and their interpretation to get the results you are seeking.

7. Don’t start your remodeling project until you’re ready:

Before you start dialing contractors with 5 star reviews on Google, ensure you have planned for the unexpected, chosen a design concept, looked into building codes and regulations and have set aside a proper budget. If you’re not sure what it will take to plan for your project, how much it will cost, or what you want in your home, contact a home remodeling company. Many offer free consultations and estimates.

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