Home renovation TV shows are entertaining, but they can also be incredibly misleading. They make renovations look quick and easy when they’re actually complex and time-consuming processes. One thing that leads to more complications is when homeowners make mistakes along the way. Keep reading to learn some of the most common home renovation mistakes and how to avoid them.
You probably don’t want to hear this, but taking on their own improvements is one of the top renovation mistakes homeowners make. Cosmetic things like painting walls or even replacing doors are fine to do by yourself, but anything involving electrical work, plumbing or opening up walls should be left to the professionals. Trying these things on your own can be costly mistakes.
Going with the lowest bid
So, you’ve decided to hire a contractor. That’s a great start! But you need to vet all potential contractors carefully, and avoid going with the cheapest one. Whether it’s shoddy work or inexperience, there’s typically a good reason why some contractors come so cheap. It’s true that you get what you pay for when it comes to home renovations, so consider paying a little extra for your contractor.
Neglecting to plan ahead
Planning is everything when it comes to renovations. If you’re prepared, the process can go smoothly, but if you’re unprepared by not having a plan in place or making too many changes while renovations are ongoing, the whole process will be a nightmare. Talk to your contractor to see what items need to be in place before renovations begin.
Getting too trendy
Some of the worst home renovation mistakes occur when homeowners are trying to be too trendy with their updates. It’s important to remember that trends come and go. What’s hot now might be outdated by the time you’re trying to sell, which can make it tough to find an excited buyer. Consider your home’s overall aesthetic and base your renovations on that.
Setting an unrealistic budget
Nobody ever said home renovation is cheap, and it’s important to remember that estimates are just that—estimates. Reputable contractors can get pretty close to the actual figure when they give you a quote, but projects often go over budget due to unforeseen complications. Give your budget some wiggle room to account for any hiccups along the way.
Choosing lower-quality materials
Some homeowners will opt for less expensive materials to account for an unexpected plumbing or electrical problem during the renovation. That’s a big mistake. Never cheap out on your materials, as this will only lead to poor results. Your contractor can help guide you through the process to ensure you get the results you want without going too far over budget.
We’ll help you avoid all of these mistakes
The good news is that we’re here to help you avoid all of these renovation mistakes and more. At Green View Building & Design Company, Inc., we have nearly four decades of home renovation experience, so we know what pitfalls to look for and how to avoid them. Contact us today to get started with your next project.
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