Have you been dreaming about starting a home renovation project? Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a professional, make sure you do it right the first time to avoid home remodeling mistakes.
11 Home Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid
Remodeling mishaps can take a large bite out of your budget and time if not done correctly. We hope this guide will help you have a more successful home project. Here are 11 of the most common home remodeling mistakes to avoid.
1. Not thinking about the big picture.
Take a realistic look at what your home needs and the cost associated with each project. Make a list with short-term (within the next year), medium-term (2-5 years), and long-term (5+ years) and stick to it. Also, keep in mind what your family’s long-term needs are or future owners.
2. Setting an unrealistic budget.
Home renovation cost more than most people expect. Make sure you build in 20% extra on your budget to cover the unexpected expenses.
3. Not complementing the original architectural style.
Your additions don’t have to be the same style as the original structure. However, they should complement them. It will help with resale if you decide to list as well as look great while you live there.
4. Adding an overly trendy design.
Trends can be short-lived. Keep resale in mind when choosing new designs. Consult a designer if you’re unsure about your ideas or have questions.
5. Selecting appliances last.
If you’re diving into a kitchen remodel, make sure the overall design accommodates the appliances you want from the beginning. However, wait until you’re ready to have them installed before purchasing the items. Also, make sure you measure the doorways and halls to make sure they are wide enough to allow appliances to pass through easily.
6. Buying cheap materials.
Building materials aren’t the place to save money. Select high-quality, durable materials that you won’t need to replace within a few years.
7. Ignoring lighting problems.
Create a well-lit, welcoming, and usable environment. If you aren’t sure what’s best for your space, consult a lighting specialist to help you plan and size the fixtures.
8. Impulse Buying.
Keep the entire project in mind when purchasing flooring, wall paint, cabinetry, lights, and other elements. Make sure that what you purchase works together with the design to create a cohesive look. You don’t want to be stuck with items you love, but don’t fit the look you want to achieve.
9. Measuring incorrectly.
Incorrect measurements are a common remodeling mistake for DIYers. Always “measure twice but cut once.” It will save you countless delays, money, and frustration. Being off even a fraction of an inch can have significant repercussions, causing poor fits and reordered materials.
10. Not consulting with professionals.
Consult architects or designers to help you with your renovation plans. These professionals can help spot issues you may have overlooked as well as offer ideas on functionality and efficiency.
11. Rushing to hire a contractor.
Don’t rush your decision on hiring a contractor. Interview multiple contractors, check references, view their portfolio, and search for reviews from past clients. Make sure each contractor understands what you want. Ask questions about materials, layout, and the construction process. Don’t let price lead your decision. Compare quotes and references. And last, but not least, make sure you can work easily with them.
What other home remodeling mistakes can you think of to avoid?
Hire a Contractor
You have a lot to consider when renovating or adding to your home. We hope you’ll choose CL Webb Construction for your commercial or home renovation project. Call us to talk about your ideas. (479) 595-3309