6 Common Remodeling Mistakes and How-to Avoid Them

A home remodeling project can make a dramatic improvement to the looks and functionality of a home. In addition, a well-executed project can make a home more attractive to potential buyers and can even help the home sell for a higher price. However, remodeling projects can turn bad without proper planning. Homeowners should carefully plan the project in order to avoid the potential pitfalls that can occur.

Have the Money

Before a project is started, the homeowner should have the money in hand or the financing arranged. The time to find out that there is a money problem is before the project starts not in the middle of it. If a homeowner runs out of money during construction, the contractor is likely to walk away from the project. It will then cost much more to find a new contractor to finish the existing work.

Cheapest Contractors

Homeowners tend to want to hire contractors who make the lowest bid in order to save money. However, choosing a contractor who has experience needed to get the job done well and on schedule is more important than saving a few hundred dollars. Unless a homeowner has an established relationship with a contractor, multiple contractors should be interviewed for any project. Contractors should be interviewed and their backgrounds investigated before a contract is signed.

Overbuilding For the Neighborhood

As a general rule, it is best to own the worst house in a good neighborhood. This is due to a desirable neighborhood boosting the value of every home in it. Conversely, a person should avoid owning the best house in neighborhood. One common mistake that many buyers make is doing too many remodeling projects to a home. Granite countertops, top of the line appliances and extensive hardscaping is simply not needed in a lower to middle income neighborhood. Overbuilding the neighborhood will not result in a good financial return and can even make the home difficult to sell.

Cutting Corners

Money is a factor for virtually every homeowner. However, it is important to spend money wisely without cutting quality. Remodeling projects will be used for years and should be completed to make the home more enjoyable and more valuable for the long haul. It is better to delay the start of a project until the homeowner has the needed money than it is to complete a project that is less than what the homeowner truly wants. In fact, taking time before starting a project can give the homeowner and contractor time to find money saving deals on construction materials.

Clashing Styles

New additions and remodeling projects should not clash with the existing style of the home or the neighborhood. Not only can having an oddball house upset the neighbors, it can also harm the resale value of the home. Differing styles inside the home is less of a problem, but styles should not clash in adjoining rooms. For example, a modern bathroom would probably work fine in a rustic home. However, a contemporary kitchen probably should not share an open format with a shabby chic dining room.

Thinking About the Future

A quality home remodeling project should last as long as the house does. Many people forget to consider how the project may impact the future. A homeowner should consider how the project may impede the movement of appliances and furniture through the home. Changing a ground level bedroom into a media room may be a good idea now but that may change as a person’s ages. For example, a homeowner may not be able to climb stairs as he or she ages. If all of the bedrooms are upstairs, the home will need to be remodeled to create a bedroom on the ground floor.

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