Remodeling jobs always bring excitement to homeowners, and things will go as planned if you analyze the factors that impact the success of your project. Your friends or neighbors may have managed a remodeling project in the past, but whatever works for some may not work for others. Not anticipating the challenges ahead will affect the end result. Before you get excited about your remodeling project, here are 4 mistakes you should avoid:
1. Failing to save money for the project
Home improvement increases the value of your home. However, there are instances when you tend to create a conservative estimate of how much you’re going to spend on the project. When you’re not sure how much time or money you need for the project, you end up putting the home remodeling on hold.
While you can handle simple tasks such as wallpaper removal, demolition, painting and refinishing cabinets, more complex jobs like structure or electrical work and plumbing must be left to experts. You might go the DIY path in order to save money but you will be putting your home at risk if you don’t take remodeling projects seriously.
2. Not paying attention to building codes
Local building codes are created to ensure that your home will be built properly. Building permits are an indicator that your project has successfully complied with the zoning and safety laws. As part of the application process, your architect or designer will be asked to provide drawings. A permit is required even if it’s a DIY job. You will need permits to redo the structures of your home, adding a room, and much more.
If it’s a smaller job such as replacing a furnace or installing a skylight, you will still need approval from the city. You cannot commence your remodeling project unless you have secured a permit. Aside from paying the fines, your home might not pass inspections in the event you decide to sell it.
3. Not anticipating additional costs
There is no such thing as an exact estimate of how much you should spend because the project may involve a series of revisions. For example, upon checking your plumbing system, the plumber could find out that you have corroded pipes, you will be asked to replace them.
When it comes to budgeting, the money you should save for the project should be at least 10% to 15 % more than the amount you have estimated. Even if you have a contractor, he can’t guarantee an exact estimate of the contract price. It is always possible that something unforeseeable could pop up, and result in higher than agreed prices.
4. Not choosing a licensed contractor
In a bid to save money, the type of contractor homeowners hire is often based on the contract price they quote. You might be able to save money initially, but in the long run, if the job has not been done properly, you will end up hiring a qualified contractor to redo the job. There are no real savings if you end up redoing the job. Find out about the reputation of the contractor you intend to hire by checking the Better Business Bureau, Yelp and many others.
Trinity Builders will help you remodel your home minus the stress and the hassle. Contact us so we discuss your options.