Before you take on the huge task of a renovation, you should probably research a bit more before taking the plunge. If you want to avoid making the 7 most common mistakes, then continue reading! You’ll save yourself a lot of stress in the long run. The most common mistakes are as followers:
Failure to Apply for a Permit
Believe it or not, there are many types of remodeling projects that require a permit, even if you already own the house. Be sure to research the area around you, and various permits for zoning before giving the “OK’ on a big project. If you’re going to hire a contractor, make sure they’re well equipped with this information. If you go ahead with this work without doing the aforementioned, you run the risk of not being able to sell the home in the future.
Changing It Up Halfway Through
There’s nothing worse than changing your mind mid-way through the project you’re working on. When they’re simple changes, it’s fine, but those that require a complete re-do are terrifying. Furthermore, these changes could cost you far more money than it would to have settled on one idea and seeing it to completion.
Mismanaging or Micromanaging Your Contractor
When you hire a contractor, you should have done your research enough to have the utmost faith in said contractor. When you’re trying to mismanage or micromanage, you’re going to be frustrating them, while inhibiting them from getting the job done on time. Make sure you put your faith in and let them go with it – unless you see something you didn’t approve of!
Failing to Budget Properly
When it comes to renovations or homebuying, you should always have some sort of contingency plan. When you don’t have a contingency, you run the risk of unexpected costs or getting hit with the heartbreaking statement, “we can’t complete your project”. You should always ask a contractor for more budgeting tips, since they know the specifics of what you want. Always put away at least 10% of the cost into a contingency, so you can have a bit of cushioning.
Doing Too Many “DIY” Projects
There are some people who wish they had their own show on HGTV and think they can take on the world, but unfortunately, this may become too costly and may mess up other plans that are going to be done by a contractor. Don’t bit off more than you can chew when renovating.
Not Thoroughly Researching a Contractor
One of the top issues with renovating is not researching the contractor enough. There are some that think that just because the contractor knows fancy words, that they’re going to be thorough and do a great job. Having the proper regional certifications and references are key to choosing a good contractor.
Disregarding Any Type of Safety
Lastly, you should never disregard safety – especially on your first renovation. Just because you think you’re invincible, doesn’t mean you are. If you are doing any DIY projects, make sure you avoid:
- Cutting corners with any project
- Mishandling tools
- Failure to consider the area around you before working on a project
Now, if you want a proper professional to look at your home and discuss a home renovation project with you, contact iRemodel Home Renovations at (416) 825-2542 today.