Remodeling homes comes with inherent pitfalls. Many of them are easily avoided with careful planning and thinking ahead. Recognizing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. Here are a few tips to avoid mistakes when remodeling.
Not Enough Planning
It is imperative that remodeling be preceded with substantial planning. It makes sense to plan and then re-plan the remodeling project to avoid expensive mistakes. Irrespective of whether it is a do-it-yourself project or given to a contractor, planning is imperative. When using a contractor ask them to evaluate the requirements and any possible eventualities while planning. Improper or inadequate planning will lead to expensive mistakes.
Not Reviewing the Contractor
Do not choose the first contractor off the list. Make sure that the remodeling project is reviewed by a handful of contractors who provide plans and estimates. Before short listing, consult the Better business Bureau for any negative information.
Ensure that the contractor and any sub-contractor they may choose have worker’s compensation insurance. Make sure that the contractor understands the requirements and the interaction is comfortable.
As a thumb rule, create the budget after research and add 20% for unseen expenses. This will ensure that any problems revealed during remodeling are easily taken care of, this includes rot in the walls, mold, dry wall or fungus or even rewiring. In the end, any left over from the budget is a treat.
It pays to be frugal but it may turn it expensive if too many corners are cut. Look for bargain hunts but don’t automatically choose the cheapest product. The cheapest product may not be the right thing or lead to unnecessary expenses later. Compare and buy products that suit the requirements and the budget. Sometimes a little expenditure may ensure good quality and unique remodeling results.
Use good quality materials and tools to ensure the viability of the remodeling project.
Avoid taking up DIY projects that are above the skill levels. Sometimes it is cheaper to pay the professional rather than doing it on your own.
It does not make sense to pay more than required for materials needed for the remodeling. If not on a time constraint building materials can be sourced from estate sales, garage sales, flea markets, moving sales, salvage stores, business associates and friends at lower costs. A good contractor can put these together efficiently.
Avid DIY enthusiasts have a multitude of tools required for remodeling projects, but first timers or those trying their hand only once in a while will not have the whole remodeling gear. It turns out too expensive to buy all the tools required for a project. It makes sense to rent or borrow good tools from home improvement stores and friends. Be sure to use safety gear like gloves and goggles while using the tools.