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Top 5 Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

1. DIY REMODELING TO CUT CORNERS AND SAVE MONEY

While there is definite satisfaction in tearing down a wall and seeing your remodeling vision start to take shape, a DIY remodeling project can result in costly mistakes. YouTube is a great place to learn how to do small handyman projects such as refinishing wood furniture, but remodels and renovations should be left to the professionals. In addition, a home is the single largest investment a person makes in their lifetime. A remodel project will have a lasting effect on the value of your home. Don’t cut corners, and be ready to spend the money on a licensed contractor who will protect your investment and get the job done right!

2. CREATE A REALISTIC BUDGET
Set a realistic budget before the demolition process begins. Make sure you include a healthy cushion for unanticipated costs. While the right contractor will always try to make you aware of any potential issues they may encounter, you cannot always predict what your contractor will find once demolition starts. In addition, while you may have created a “dream board” that includes photos from various social media sites and Google searches, the materials you love may not be within your ideal price point. Be open to exploring similar materials that will be more budget friendly without sacrificing your larger vision.

3. SIGNING A CONTRACT WITH THE CHEAPEST CONTRACTOR
More often than not, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” rings true. Remodels are costly. It is important that homeowners solicit bids from at least three contractors. This allows you to compare and contrast. Make sure the contract you sign includes all of the details (cabinets, hardware, flooring, fixtures, labor costs, permitting fees, installation, warranty information, etc.) The less details

4. RESEARCH YOUR CONTRACTOR
Before choosing a contractor, look into their references by either asking for referrals or conducting a search through Google, Facebook, and the Better Business Bureau. Consumers are not afraid to leave reviews online to recognize a job well done or a remodel disaster. Look further into any negative reviews to see how the contractor resolved them. In addition, ensure you are aware of any warranty offered and that it is put into writing.

5. IMPROPER MEASURING
Improper measuring can be a very costly mistake. You may fall in love with kitchen cabinets, purchase them, have them installed, and then realize the appliances will not fit. Make sure you compare the specifications for the appliances with those of the cabinets. Oftentimes, this mistake can be avoided when choosing a contractor with an in-house design team who can help guide you through the material selection process.

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