What Not to Do When Home Remodeling

We have compiled a list of the top seven things to avoid when planning and working through a home remodeling project. Whether you are working with a remodeling company to update your outdated space, add to your home via an addition, or increase functionality and workflow, we have you covered. 

We will share pro tips and insights not shared on home improvement TV shows and social media. Get ready to skip past the overwhelm, uncertainty, and unknowns and get the end result you are after. 

  1. Don’t assume. Not all remodeling projects are the same.
    It is so easy to get inspired on TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest these days. Open any app and you are flooded with reels of eye-catching designs that inspire you to transform your spaces. You may even come across some that feature the price as well. However, depending on your location, the square footage of your space, the building materials used, and the level of design assistance and planning, your project may cost more or less than what you see advertised.  
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  2. Your remodeling project will likely go over your budget.
    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 not 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.

    For these reasons, we strongly encourage homeowners to set aside 15% to 20% of their remodeling budget for unforeseen issues that occur during construction and design changes made after work has begun.
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  3. Seek expert remodeling companies and contractors.
    While you may have friends and family who have completed home projects in the past and are eager to offer you advice, we strongly encourage you to consult with a professional. While they may have your best interests at heart, overlooked issues and lack of experience can lead to costly mistakes, injury, and damage to important elements in your home.

    On that same note, not all home remodeling professionals operate the same way. Our free downloadable guide, How to Hire the Right Remodeling Company offers insights on how to verify licenses, insurance coverage, reputability, and more.
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  4. Don’t assume every contractor will understand your concepts.
    When it comes to hiring a professional contractor – communication and conveying concepts are 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.

  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.
  6. 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.