Home Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Home Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Are you looking to remodel a room in your home or remodel your home completely? There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to making changes to a home’s rooms or to its exterior. With the many remodeling factors comes many mistakes that are easily made if you’re not putting enough thought and planning into the remodeling process. Remember, cutting corners to save a few dollars never ends up with the quality you’d want for your home. Be sure to avoid making the following common mistakes when remodeling your home.

Being Unprepared for Surprises

Remodeling can, unfortunately, lead to greater problems than you imagined. The simple act of moving an appliance can lead to the discovery of something else that needs fixing. While it’s good that this problem was unearthed before it caused significant damage, you’ll no doubt need to fix it while in the midst of remodeling… and, of course, this will cost you. Be prepared for unexpected things to happen that may increase what you intended to spend on a project. Always take your budget into consideration and put some money aside in case anything throws your estimated cost off course.     

Going with the Lowest Cost Estimate

When it comes to home remodeling, you’ll definitely get what you pay for. Don’t choose the lowest price estimate by a contractor because the amount you spend will reflect the work that’s being done. Some contractors will give a lower price just because they’ll get a job done fast without much regard for quality or they’ll use cheap materials. Be sure to get multiple estimates on your remodeling plans and then choose accordingly.

Beginning Projects Before the Materials Arrive

There’s no doubt, remodeling is exciting! Because of this, though, it’s way too easy to jump the gun on beginning a project. Be sure not to do this. It’s important for you to wait until all the materials you need have arrived. Remodeling projects take a long time, but they will go by much faster if everything’s able to be taken care of on the same timeline.  

Products you order also have the potential to come with missing or broken pieces. It’s important to check your inventory and make sure that you’ve received everything you need, instead of finding this out in the midst of a project. Not only would this be extremely frustrating but would definitely put a halt to the work that you’re doing.

Failing to Order Extra Materials

If you’re planning to redo a floor or carpet for your remodel, be sure to order more material than you think you will need. When doing these jobs, mistakes happen and you’ll be thankful for the fact that there’s extra material in case of an accident. If you have extra, unopened material at the end of a job, oftentimes you can take it back from where you bought it for a refund. If this isn’t the case, you can keep it around for potential future repairs — and you can have peace of mind knowing that it’s the same material. Many times, people may find themselves needing more only to later realize that the carpet they ordered has gone out of stock or been discontinued. Do yourself a favor by being over prepared.

Measuring Incorrectly

Measure once, measure twice and then do it again. Keep measuring. So many people remodeling make the mistake of miscalculating a space, only to realize too late, that their appliances won’t fit in between their newly installed cabinets. And that’s just one situation of a calculation gone wrong. Remember, it never hurts to measure again, or to seek the help of another person before getting to work.