Let’s look at some tips of what not to do when you remodel your home. If you are planning a remodel of your home, it’s important to talk through a lot of different areas. Remodeling can be a frustrating time, so it’s crucial to set your expectations appropriately.
Expecting perfection: Remember that your remodel is being done by a person, not a machine. There may be slight imperfections in your final product. The contractors, usually, do the very best job they can and work to make as perfect a result as possible.
Postpone planning the budget: Plan out your budget before you ever begin. You do not want any surprises in this area. Look at what you want verses what you can afford. Plan accordingly with your contractor.
The cheapest bid isn’t always the best
- An affordable price is important, but you don’t want to automatically take the cheapest bid. There could be a reason that the bid is so low. Some contractors are not properly licensed and their prices are lower to camouflage this. It is crucial that you ensure your contractors have the appropriate licensing needed. Choose a contractor not only on the bid, but also on references and quality of work.
Don’t expect it to be over quickly
- Renovations take time. Period. Ask that your contractor be honest with the estimated completion date. An average kitchen remodel can take six to nine months. And this is a very important room in your home. Set your expectations realistically so you will not become impatient and frustrated.
Relying on contractor supplied references only can be a mistake
- Ask around, get your own references. The contractor is only going to give you good references, obviously. Do plenty of your own research to ensure the reputation is solid.
Don’t disengage from the crew and their ideas
- The crew does this for a living, they often know what works and what doesn’t. Don’t discount their opinions. And make them a partner in the process rather than just a hired hand. Extend some curtesy to the crew and they will be happier to work with your requests. Working together is always better for everyone and the end result.
Never accept only a verbal contract
- Every job should have a written contract outlining the expectations. This will help to avoid any misunderstandings and set expectations appropriately.
Don’t plan a remodel on a false version of yourself or your family
- A new kitchen isn’t going to turn you into an amazing chef that is completely organized. Don’t plan on open shelving if you know you don’t want the stress of keeping that clean and organized. Plan according to how you live.