It’s Hammer Time: 4 Common Remodeling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Remodeling or renovating your home is a great way to increase its value. Not only will a remodeled home improve your quality of life, but it can add thousands of dollars to the resale value of your home. A significant renovation project is a lot of work and requires a high level of attention to detail. And yet, even the most carefully planned projects can go wrong. Below are four common mistakes during the remodeling process that we should be aware of to avoid so we can save both in terms of time and money.

Mistake #1: Skipping The Permit Process

Remodeling your home can be an exciting experience. However, before you jump into the project, be sure to get all the information you need about local building and zoning codes and to check out what permits might be needed. You may be unsure whether you need to obtain a permit and what kinds do you need so you have to do your research. You can find out if permits are required and how much they will cost by visiting the city’s website or giving them a call.

Mistake #2: Being Afraid

If you’re planning a renovation, don’t get too tied up in what’s fashionable. While it’s important to consider current trends, don’t renovate just for the sake of it. Instead, think about how you use your kitchen, bathroom, dining area or whatever space it is and renovate to improve its functionality.

Mistake #3: Using Cheap Materials Or Labor

The material used decides how well the final product will look and how long it will last. Contractors often have a preference on what brand of materials to use, but ultimately you are the one paying. Ask questions about why a certain purchase is being made and look for lower-cost options that are comparable in quality.

You will find yourself going over budget and cost if you keep on putting up with the bare minimum. Aside from aesthetics, there are many other functions that are not seen but nonetheless play an important role in your home upgrades or renovations. Spend some on corrective measures to avoid future complications and inconveniences especially for functions that may affect your health such as a damp-free environment.

Mistake #4: Changing Your Mind

We all know the phrase, “measure twice, cut once”. It’s been around for ages, and probably for good reason. Any remodeler will tell you that changing your mind a few months into a project will almost guarantee added cost. So, once you commit to a plan – try to stick with it unless circumstances force you to make a change.

These are just four of the many mistakes that can be made by an inexperienced home renovator. If you’ve been wanting to increase the value of your home with renovations but are not sure where to start, we can help you with that. Just get in touch and we’ll share which renovations have added value and equity to other local homes.

Kyle Pfaffe | Realtor® | 512-636-9707 

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