Top Ten Don’ts of Remodeling, Part 1

There isn’t a single homeowner who hasn’t contemplated a remodeling project. Maybe it’s a project you’ve already done that you’re happy with it. Maybe it’s a project you’ve wanted to do, but haven’t yet attempted. And maybe it’s a project that is intended to fix something you’re not happy about with your home. Whatever the reason, lots of us consider — and then eventually turn to a general contractor for — remodeling work. Most of that time, that remodel work is very important to us.

So, what should you keep in mind when it comes to remodeling so that you have the best possible chance to be happy with the job before and during work? What guidelines will help ensure that the results are something you’ll enjoy for years to come? In this post and the next, we’ll cover our top ten “don’ts” when it comes to remodeling.

  1. Don’t expect it to be perfect.
    Remodeling may be expensive. You should be getting value for your money, yes, and your general contractor should be able to explain what your money was used to do. Don’t think, though, that even at that price, the job will be utterly, completely flawless. No project goes exactly as planned and there may be issues that must be addressed. Feel free to discuss how to address these with your contractor, but don’t go into it expecting that everything will be absolutely picture perfect from the outset. Every remodel project has a lot of moving parts and there are many things that can go wrong.
  1. Don’t forget the appropriate permits.
    A lot of homeowners and business owners think that because they own a piece of property, they can do what they want. Don’t fall into that trap. Always look up the necessary permits and any applicable building and zoning codes. You don’t want to get into the middle of a project and then realize you’ve overlooked something like that, as it can cost you serious money.
  1. Don’t get crazy with your design.
    We all have an idea of the “perfect” space or remodel project, but remember that whatever you create has to work in the real world. You’ve got to be able to live in it and/or use it. Keep realistic and practical concerns in mind when designing your remodel.  A door shaped like an hourglass might sound very stylish to you until you actually try to install it and weatherproof it, for example.
  1. Don’t forget the risks.
    Every remodel project has risks. Keep these in mind. You don’t want to start the project and only then realize you’re not comfortable with some part of it.
  1. Don’t forget your budget.
    It’s easy to start digging a big hole for yourself, or your contractor, when remodeling. Always keep your budget in mind. You may need to factor in some funds for overage, as projects don’t always go as planned. Keeping your budget in mind from the beginning will help make sure you don’t run too far over and then regret it.

Next time, we’ll cover 5 more “don’ts” of remodeling. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about your prospective project.

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