Avoid these! Top home remodeling regrets
Regardless of the scale of your project, you want to be sure to avoid these remodeling regrets
Don't pull your hair out! Before you start your next remodeling or construction project take note of these tips so it can be as painless of an experience as possible. While I wish I could say you won't run into any hurdles if you follow this advice it would be a lie. The truth is there is always something that goes wrong or takes too long. It's part of the process. Learn from other's mistake. Your hurdles don't have to be so big 😊
DO NOT MAKE THESE MISTAKES!
Underestimating the cost
Do your research on the costs of everything you need for your project and set a budget. Now you have to stick to it! Prices vary on everything, there is a low end and a high end. Be realistic about what you can afford and about what you are going to end up spending. Too often people get caught up in the project details and run out of money. You may end up with a unfinished job or you may have to select cheaper options towards the end which can ruin the initial design. All remodeling projects run into a bump or two along the way. To make sure that one of these bumps doesn't get your budget completely off the rails, add a 10%-20% buffer into your budget.
Not having a clear plan
A clear understanding of the entire scope of the project and having a plan is key. You will save time and money if you do your research and properly plan the steps. The process will be so much smoother if you know what to expect and you will stay on budget if you are anticipating the costs associated with your plan.
Making too many changes
Remember that there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes, changes may require new drawings, ordering new materials, or cause construction delays. This all takes time and costs money.
Not consulting professionals
Architects, designers and contractors may notice issues that you may not have caught and they are able to use their expertise to improve efficiency and flow. They know the process and they can help you navigate it and avoid costly mistakes or unwanted results.
Not ordering enough flooring, tile, or wallcoverings
Order an extra 20% to account for damages and installation waste. You don't want to run out of material on the jobsite. A delay in receiving goods could end up stopping a job in it's tracks. Also, depending on the material, there can be differences in color and finish from one batch to another.
Buying cheap materials
While sticking to your budget is important, you don't want to skimp on building materials and finishes. To avoid replacing these items a few years down the road select materials and finishes that are high-quality and tough. You want to spend your money on things that you interact with like appliances and cabinets rather than things like decorative light fixtures or tiles.
Impulse purchases, big or small, can end up being a waste of money and materials. How will it look in the space with the other elements? Does it flow with the initial design vision? Will you use/do you need all those "bells and whistles" on that appliance? It's easy to get wrapped up in the gadgets that you really have no use for.
Working without required permits
Be sure to check with your local or county municipal building department to see if your project requires permits. Unpermitted projects are subject to tear down and/or fines. Also, if you ever sell your home in the future it can effect the sale and the resale value.
Remember to have fun with your remodel and don't get discouraged by the inevitable hiccups!