If you are making plans to do some remodeling around the home, there are plenty of mistakes that you should try to avoid.
Don’t expect everything on your project to go smoothly. Whether you are doing your own work or have hired a contractor – problems will develop. It could be a cabinet that has rotted from a leak and you will probably need to get all the cabinets replaced.
The flooring might also have problems making the work stop on everything else until the flooring is replaced. Things will run better if you have a good contractor so check around and find one who has a great reputation.
Finish date for working kitchen
Don’t make plans to be using your kitchen as having a working kitchen will take longer than expected. Don’t plan a dinner party until you know when the kitchen will be finished. In other words, don’t plan for a dinner party until the kitchen is done. Usually it takes from two to four weeks before you will have a functional kitchen.
If you are also changing your appliances, they need to be picked out first. This way the contractor can have the specs in his hands before ordering new cabinets. This is especially true when you are adding wall ovens, cook tops, large refrigerators or built in microwaves.
Only a down payment
Don’t pay for the complete project up front as when the contractor has all the money he might just skip town without doing the work. Make a significant down payment so the contractor can order what he needs but never pay for the entire project until it is done. 10% is usually a good down payment.
Don’t fall for false advertising
Another problem is falling for what has been advertised to you as a “big discount” if you immediately sign up. It is much more cost effective to give a large tip to the contractor when the project is wrapped up.
Before you hire a contractor to get started on your project it is wise that you as the homeowner understand the project. Learn as much about what the project needs so you can have an intelligent conversation with a contractor before you hire one.
Never remodel without having a budget. You can almost bet on the work being almost double what you expect it to be.
Don’t DIY if not qualified
Another mistake that can cost a lot is you doing your own work when you are really not qualified. Make certain that you are prepared to do the work and have all that you will need in preparation. You don’t want to be half way through the job and discover that something you need is missing.
Have a floor plan
Prior to starting work, it is a great idea to create a floor plan that is very detailed with all of the measurements. In the bathroom you need to avoid any situation such as doors that swing inward and then hit the toilet or vanity area.
When remodeling a home there is always the chance that things will go wrong. It does not have to be a major problem and some can easily be repaired. But if it is something to do with the structure, a mistake can cause serious problems. Make certain that the structure is solid before starting any remodeling. If you can’t tell, then get an expert to tell you.