You’ll Want To Avoid These Remodeling Mistakes!
Remodeling or renovating your home can be a very exciting experience that will ultimately (if all goes well) lead to a better, more suitable home for you and your family. But is it really just so straight forward and easy, hire a contractor and away you go?
We’ve all heard the remodeling horror stories from friends, family and co-workers but it’s never easy to learn the truth in these situations and what really went wrong. What you can do though, is learn what not to do when you’re remodeling your own home because mistakes during construction can be very costly, either immediately (if something needs to be repaired or corrected) or much further down the road (due to poor workmanship) when it’s unexpected and stings the wallet.
Let’s take a quick look at 6 different home remodeling mistakes that we really don’t want to see you make with your Massachusetts remodeling project.
#1. Setting an Unrealistic Remodeling Budget
This is something we see on a weekly basis. A homeowner has a great vision for their home and property but unfortunately they have absolutely no idea what the scope of work actually is or what it’s actually going to cost to be completed, both in labor and materials. If the scope of work you want to complete is outside your immediate budget range, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to build larger projects in “phases” over a longer period of time. Maybe you start with your flooring, move to the cabinets, then tackle that home addition at a later time. Your entire project doesn’t need to be completed at once. Talk to your contractor about “phasing” your project and how they would recommend you do it to maximize your return.
#2. Hiring The First Available Contractor You Find
Many homeowners make the mistake of wanting to get their home remodeled in a hurry. This is almost always a recipe for disaster. When it comes to construction and remodeling “fast” usually means cheaply built and less care will be taken. A good contractor will almost always be booked up well in advance, sometimes 4-8 weeks or even more. This is a good sign, because it means their work is good enough to be in demand. While it may take several weeks to get to your project, your contractor can usually get started on your estimate right away and if you decide to move forward, can book you into their schedule and the planning and organization can begin.
#3. Don’t Expect Returns on Hidden Upgrades
Are you remodeling your home to put on the market for sale? There are many elements of a remodeling project that home buyers love to see and feel such as new granite countertops, new wood flooring or even new exterior siding or a beautiful new architectural shingle roof. Then there are the remodeling upgrades that they can’t see such as upgraded plumbing and wiring. The latter is not something you can expect a buyer to want to pay more for and they probably won’t.
Most home buyers are only interested in the visual improvements they can see contributing to a higher value of the home and won’t want to pay more for upgrades they consider “essential” for any home such as proper plumbing, wiring or insulation for example.
#4. Don’t Make Your Remodeling Changes Too Personal
If you’re going to live out the rest of your days in your home, then it might not matter so much but if you intend to sell your home within months or years after your remodeling project it’s important to make sure whatever changes/improvements you have made to the home will be appealing to others. While you might think your off-the-wall color choices are really cool, someone looking to buy a home in your neighborhood might not. If resale value is important to you then try and choose home improvements that will be more appealing to a general crowd and stay on trend.
One of the more popular home remodeling trends of 2017 and moving forward is going to be accessible design. This is the practice of designing your home around accessibility for everyone, no matter their age or mobility. An accessible home is one that can be enjoyed by all and therefore will be much more appealing for resale.
#5. Failing To Get Proper Building Permits
There are many contractors around Massachusetts who are willing to do work on your home without a permit. Don’t do it! We can probably all agree that filing all the proper paperwork and cutting the red tape for a home remodeling project can be a pain in the rear but it’s absolutely necessary.
When a permit is pulled for a home remodeling project a city inspector is charged with inspecting the work during the rough-in phase and usually once again after everything is finished. These visits ensure that everything has been done to code and is safe for your family. If your remodeling project is being completed without any proper permits unless you know a lot about construction you won’t have any idea what is being done to your home.
Getting caught doing large scale remodeling to your home without proper permits in place can lead to a stoppage of work and also very steep fines for you and your contractor. It’s just not worth it.
Mike’s Remodeling and Handyman is a Home Remodeling Contractor in Eastern Massachusetts.
Mike’s Remodeling and Handyman is a full service general contractor based out of Mashpee, MA and serving all of Barnstable County. We specialize in all aspects of home remodeling and repairs from remodeling your kitchen to transforming your basement and everything in between.
Like many of the great contractors in our area we’re always booked in advance for our projects so if you’d like to receive an estimate for your upcoming home remodeling project please give us a call 781-983-4636 or fill out our contact form and someone will be getting right back to you.