Whether you’re trying to make a new home a reflection of your tastes or just giving a face change to an existing home, remodeling involves more than taking a sledgehammer and having a go at the walls.
At times, people start renovations too soon without putting much thought into why a specific change is required. At other times they try to do it themselves, and when the going gets tough, they give up on the project and are forced to hire a professional that often have to correct mistakes made which increases the cost of the project. Enlisting professional help from the start is a sure-shot way of getting things right the first time.
Remodeling is an arduous task that requires planning and research and can bore a humongous hole in your pocket. Avoiding either of these steps may cause more anguish than joy. If you’re planning on renovating your home, avoiding a couple of errors will make the entire process easier. To help you plan better, here’s a list of three of the most common mistakes people make when remodeling a home.
1. The cheapest option is always the best. The cheapest contractor is not usually the best contractor. While everyone wants to save money, going with the most economical option can cause a lot of headaches. More important when choosing a contractor is to find someone you’re comfortable with and can provide you honest, detailed answers to your questions. Compare products used between contractors. Some may be using more premium materials than another which can significantly increase the price. Sometimes materials can be downgraded for your specific application or a more detailed explanation of why some products may benefit you in the long run.
2. Inadequate budgeting. Creating a budget that is insufficient to complete the work is another common problem that comes up. It is helpful to do some research before you meet with a contractor to come up with an estimated budget you would like to keep aside to complete the project. To help you research and settle on a budget, ask friends or family about their projects. For large projects, you can usually find the price per square foot building costs online or just read about other people’s projects on the internet.
3. Not asking enough questions and not keeping an open mind. Sometimes, being able to compromise is hard to do because a contractor wants to bring your dreams to reality, but there can be many factors that affect the outcome. Whether issues arise because of design restrictions, budget issues, structural or building code limitations, it’s a good idea to have an open mind and not be afraid to ask questions and provide any idea and remedies you may have.
To avoid these and other mistakes while planning the remodeling of your house, reach out to the experts at Dash Builders. We provide expert home improvement and renovation services in and around Winnipeg, Steinbach, Oakbank, Headingley, Stonewall, Selkirk, Niverville, and Beausejour. We are experienced in all aspects of construction and home remodeling and are covered by a Commercial Liability Policy and a WCB (Workers Compensation Board). For a complete list of services, please click here. If you have any questions regarding remodeling, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us here.