Remodeling errors can end up costing a lot. A simple renovation job takes thousands of dollars to complete, but that can double, or even quadruple, if you regret your choices once the job is complete.
You cannot go back in time to correct mistakes, but you can prevent mistakes from ruining your home by avoiding common remodeling pitfalls with these tips:
Draw Up a Basic Plan
Whether you doodle a basic plan on a napkin or hire someone to create a blueprint that captures your vision, make sure you have a rough idea of what the final look will be. This way, the outcome will be less expensive, less frustrating and you won’t have to spend time correcting errors, which may be irreversible.
Professional contractors can help you weed out potential issues, which will not be apparent to your untrained eye. Plus, they also will have permits (when applicable) to work on your plans and you will not have to pay the hefty fine if you opt for DIY. Professional contractors are also aware of noise laws in Chicago. If you violate these noise laws, it may lead to hefty fines and upset neighbors.
Keep the Finishing Touches in Mind
Most homeowners are so excited to start a remodeling project they forget design preferences. Many homeowners buy new furniture before they have a basic idea of how their final project will look. The way you plan to design your home is deeply personal, but if your remodeling plans cannot accommodate them, you may end up giving away many newly purchased items.
Leave finishing touches and personal design elements for the end of your project, when you can purchase items that can best complement your finished look, not the other way around. This help the newly remodeled space look cohesive.
Match the Design to Your Lifestyle
You may regret cutting back on small luxuries, just because they don’t conform to your budget. Thinking outside-the-box can be the best option.
In the end, stretching your budget to accommodate those small touches will be worth the money. If you love having guests at home but must reduce the size of the living room, you can have the walls between the room and the kitchen removed for a spacious open floor plan. That way, you will get the space you need and give your home a modern touch at the same time.
Listen to the Experts
Even if you are proud of your ideas and have a list of priorities, you still don’t know more than the experts. Remember to take advice from professional renovators who know what works and which ideas you may end up regretting.
Search for builders and contractors who have worked on similar homes or spaces and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. They should be comfortable with using the materials you need, but they should let you know if there are better options based on their experience.
If you are looking for professional help, Areté Renovators is your best bet. For 18 years, they have served Chicago residents in Streeterville, West Loop, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, River North, Gold Coast, Old Town and Roscoe Village with reliable remodeling and construction jobs. Before you put your plans into action, get in touch with them today for a consultation.