You’ve finally made up your mind to remodel your home. But hearing all of the horror stories and potential pitfalls about the process, you want to be smart about it. So, you decide you’ll take extra precautions with your project — at least that’s the plan.
While you should always watch your step when making an investment in your home, sometimes the steps people take to avoid mishaps can actually increase the chances of them happening. The following are some of things you should keep in mind to help you avoid a renovation nightmare:
- Buying your own materials. You might think it’s savvy to buy the materials yourself. It only makes sense to shop around for the best price. But that’s not always the case. Your contractor gets trade discounts and will often share them with you. Besides, what happens when the supplies don’t arrive on time? Contractors know how to coordinate shipments to ensure materials arrive when needed, maintaining the project’s momentum and saving you money in the process.
- Rushing into the project. You’ve spent a while thinking about the renovation, so you’re no doubt excited to get started. But you first want to develop a plan and budget. When we go into a project, our team visits the site to get a feel for what the homeowner wants. We then conduct a feasibility study to ensure it’s possible. From there, we develop a design and plan, which will go through a few revisions. This allows us to give clients what they want and accommodate any unforeseen problems before construction ever begins.
- Ignoring the details. Oftentimes, that same excitement that causes you to rush into a project will make you feel like it’s unnecessary to spend time picking out countertops, light fixtures, hardware, etc. But again, the more you communicate and specify what the project will entail from the very start, the less confusion and ambiguity will take place during the actual construction. Plus, you’ll never know how much the project will cost before you start, which may cause you to cut corners later down the line.
- Being overly frugal. We all want to save money. I’ve been known to pinch a penny or two from time to time. But you want to be smart with where you try to cut costs. Let’s say, for example, you want new floors in your kitchen. While there are plenty of options out there that cost less than a dollar per square foot, the quality and durability aren’t on par with tile or even luxury vinyl tile. You always want to finished product to be worth the money.
- Focusing too much on price. Most experts will tell you to bring in at least contractors to bid on a job. But this puts the focus on price, which isn’t where it should be. It should be on meeting your needs. Instead of three estimates, talk to three contractors and get their opinions on solutions and potential costs. Then, choose the one you feel good about to develop the scope of work and associated price. Too often people equate price with trust, and that’s definitely not true. You always want to work with someone you can trust to deliver on your needs and particular budget.
- Changing your mind a lot. Once the project starts, try to stick with the plan. If you don’t, you can expect the costs to escalate in a hurry — which is the reason why we recommend you take your time during the project’s planning phase. As I always say, you’ve got to go slow to go fast. That said, if there’s something that you don’t like, it’s best to voice your concern as soon as possible. Contractors may be able to make adjustment that won’t have too much impact on your budget.
- Staying in your home during a remodel. If you’re remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, there’s usually not a need to vacate the property. But if it’s a large project, you probably want to find other accommodations. Chances are, you won’t save any money by staying put, as the contractor’s team will need to put the house back together every day — and then take it a part again the next morning. That takes time, and time costs money.
- Thinking you know better than your contractor. Sure, it’s your home, and you know a lot about it. But you’ll never know more than a contractor. Like any field, their expertise has been built on years of experience — experience working on projects a lot bigger than yours. These professionals know homes, and that includes the one you’re living in. When they give you advice, it comes from years of education and onsite training.
If you’re thinking about remodeling your home and would like more information on the process, please feel free to contact the team at Fair & Square Remodeling today. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions and discuss your project.