Renovating your home is an investment. This is why we recommend choosing appliances, cabinets, and other amenities with longevity in mind. If you choose trendy options, you’re more likely to regret your decision in 5 years time.
Avoid the following pitfalls when:
- Renovating too much
- Being cheap
- Going over budget
- Not speaking up
- Buying into trends
Renovation vs. Remodel
People often use the terms “renovation” and “remodeling” interchangeably. Yet, these terms mean different things to a renovation contractor.
To renovate means to update the appearance of a house on a cosmetic or surface level. To remodel means to change the structure itself through construction or demolition. For example, a contractor may move plumbing or electrical work during a remodel. During a renovation, a contractor would leave these systems alone.
1. Renovating Too Much
Home renovations are stressful, which is why we can understand why you might think it’s a good idea to get them all done at once. However, doing too much at one time could be a mistake. When you figure out your budget for the, you also need to think about how much time you’ll need to invest.
Do you have a job? Are you busy raising a family? These responsibilities add onto the demands put on your time by a home renovation project. By doing one project at a time, you’ll be able to focus your attention better so you’ll get the results you want.
2. Being Cheap
Home renovations are expensive, which is why many homeowners may feel the temptation to use inexpensive materials or tools. This is a big mistake. After you spend the money for contractors to build or renovate your h, you might as well spend money on quality materials.
The last thing you want after all the hassle of a home renovation is to have your project not look the way you wanted. Hire one of our renovation contractors to get the job done right the first time.
3. Going Over Budget
All the estimates in the world aren’t going to foresee the really difficult challenges that will crop up during your home improvement project. This is why we recommend adding 20% to any estimates you make during the planning phase. Hopefully, you won’t have to use your safety net, but it will give you peace of mind when a complication happens—and it will.
4. Not Speaking Up
If you don’t like the way things are going with your renovation, it’s up to you to speak up. Only you know what you want and only you will be disappointed if you don’t get it. The earlier you speak up to the renovation contractor or project foreman, the easier it will be to find a solution.
Homeowners who don’t speak up won’t feel satisfied, which makes their home’s latest renovation a waste of money. Any reliable renovation contractor will be able to work with you to get the result you want.
5. Buying into Trends
For how much money you spend on a home renovation, you should be able to enjoy it for years to come. However, trendy renovations can quickly give your home a dated look when they go out of style. To make your investment last, we recommend foregoing the stainless steel appliances and choosing something that will stand the test of time.
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Don’t get swept away with a renovation idea that will quickly go out of style. Our knowledgeable renovation contractors can help you choose from classic styles that will last for decades.
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