Top 5 Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid
When renovating your home, there are many decisions that you have to make. Depending upon the room being renovated, everything from the color of paint, type of materials used, and architectural style needs to be considered. And that’s just the decisions you are making prior to the work actually starting.
When you have renovation work done in your home by a third-party, there is always a chance that things can go wrong. We’ve outlined a few of the key renovation-related mistakes that are common throughout the industry:
- Inaccurate Measurements. Whether it’s done hastily or the wall or floor is slightly uneven, capturing wrong measurements for something can literally derail a project. Even an inch or half an inch can make a difference on the end result. If you have to special order an item and it takes weeks to arrive, and it was mismeasured you can be set back weeks if you need to reorder due to a too large or too small measurement.
- Don’t skimp on materials. No matter what your budget, there are quality materials to fit. The last thing you want to do is cut corners when it comes to things like wood, flooring and cabinets. These are the things that will provide the greatest return on investment when it comes time to sell.
- Permits matter. When you work closely with your general contractor to know what is happening at each stage of the renovation, you’ll know when things like permits are required. This is an important step that you want to make sure gets completed. If your general contractor doesn’t secure the right permits, your renovation may not be covered by homeowners insurance.
- Hiring the Wrong Contractor. A home renovation is a large investment so it’s important to find a contractor who is experienced and has a solid reputation. Ensure your contractor is licensed and has a solid rating by doing your research. Visit industry specific sites like the AZ Registrar of Contractors and Better Business Bureau, along with other popular sites like Houzz and Angie’s List. Transparency and good communication skills are two other key signs we tell clients to be aware of when selecting a contractor. If you contractor isn’t up front about timelines, expectations and providing you detailed estimates, then you should keep looking.
- Mixing Styles. When you add value to your home with renovations, make sure you keep the home’s existing style and décor in mind. The best value for resale is to keep your home’s décor consistent throughout. If you have a Mediterranean style home, fight the urge to make your master bath ultra, modern and contemporary. You will get more return on your investment if you keep your home one style and keep a consistent look and feel throughout.
The key to a successful home renovation is partnering with a reputable, quality general contractor so you know your job will be done right the first time. We always tell prospective clients to do their research and don’t be shy to ask potential home remodeling contractors for references from past clients. A little bit of research on the front end can make a huge difference in your home coming out the way you envisioned.
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