Going into big remodelling projects can take its toll; with all the extensive planning, budgeting and other crucial tasks and responsibilities, it’s quite easy to lose your head and bump into certain obstacles along the way. Many people who undergo certain home renovation projects, especially the first time, make a lot of mistakes, out of which some are minor… and others not so much. Of course, everybody makes mistakes, it’s only human, but in cases such as these, even a small mistake can cost you a lot of money, time, materials, equipment and not to mention that it could cost you the whole project. In order to avoid this, we have compiled a list of some of the most common mistakes that occur in remodelling projects and a few handy tricks on how to get pass them.
Mistake No1: Not Thinking It Through
One of the most common mistakes in remodelling projects is rushing into it without making a detailed plan. These mistakes are done by many and they usually have severe consequences on the complete remodel and the overall financial state afterwards. A great number of people make the mistake of purchasing materials and equipment before actually listing the tasks that need to be done. Also, it’s crucial to prepare everything thoroughly before finally starting the job. This includes: making a plan, creating a budget plan, purchasing everything you need and establishing the terms of agreement with a potential contractor. It’s crucial to have a timeline and to follow it closely.
Mistake No2: Creating an Unrealistic Budget
Another big mistake that can easily ruin the whole project is not being realistic with your finances. There are two common errors that people tend to make regarding this: either start the remodel without actually creating a budget plan or making a budget that doesn’t cover all the costs. The key to creating a good budget plan is to make a list of all the repairs and upgrades you wish to do, calculate the amount of money needed to accomplish these tasks and then add an additional 20% to the final amount. This way you can be sure that you have enough money to cover everything, even in the worst-case scenario.
Mistake No3: Going Above the Law
With everything going around, it’s easy to forget about certain technical and bureaucratic aspects of the job. Depending on the area you live in and also the type of project you’re planning, it might be necessary to obtain certain documentation and permits from the city or county. Also, there are some projects which are required by law to be performed by licensed professionals. These jobs mostly include electrical, gas and plumbing services, HVAC systems instalment and anything regarding the structure and foundation of your home. Obtaining these licenses may take some time and also require a certain fee, so it’s a good idea to arm yourself with patience.
Mistake No4: Not Hiring the Right Person for The Job
Last, but certainly not least, is making the mistake of hiring somebody not fit for the job. While this can happen to practically anyone, it’s crucial to carefully choose the person you’re hiring and to make agreements before the project begins. It’s best to search contractors by a personal reference and it’s especially crucial when looking for extension builders, carpenters, roofing managers or anyone dealing with some major tasks in your remodelling project.
Somebody once said that only those who do not work, do not make mistakes. This being said, it’s important to realize that mistakes will always occur, but it’s your duty to learn from them and try to avoid them next time around. Major remodelling projects can get overwhelming, so hopefully this list will help avoid some of the most common mistakes during projects such as these.
October 18, 2016