The Top 7 Mistakes Homeowners Make During A Home Renovation

The Top 7 Mistakes Homeowners Make During A Home Renovation
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    Being a homeowner comes with responsibilities.

    If something goes wrong and has to be repaired, the cost falls on the homeowner.

    There are also positives involved with home ownership.

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You can choose to change the paint color, remodel the kitchen and any number of other renovations. As a home owner, you have a choice to hire someone to come in and do the work for you or you can take it on yourself. No matter what you choose, it is important to avoid some of the common mistakes that people make when doing a home renovation.

Choosing the Cheapest Contractor

If you decide that the DIY route is not for you, it is necessary to hire a contractor to complete the work for you. Hiring the contractor that gives the lowest bid is not always the best deal. You should try to get quotes from a few different contractors complete with a written estimate. The estimate should include permit costs, general contractor fee, insurance, an explanation of how changes are dealt with, the warranty on the work and a waste removal plan.

Not Measuring Correctly For Cabinets

Measure multiple times and double check the specs for any appliances you have in your kitchen and make sure they fit with your cabinets. This can be a costly mistake if the wrong size cabinets are ordered and won’t fit with the rest of your kitchen.

Renovation Waste Removal

There will be lots of leftover materials from your renovation project. Make sure you have a plan to dispose of it properly. Taking loads to the dump multiple times can be costly. Consider renting bins from a company who can haul away the waste when you are done with it. This will save you a lot of time and money in the end.

Underestimating Your Budget

There are bound to be unexpected expenses involved in a remodel project. Don’t be caught unprepared if something comes up. It is best to set aside about 15% of the budget for "surprises" and extra materials. Decide well before you being work what your home renovation budget will be and stick to it.

Going Too Trendy

What is fabulous today may not be so popular in the very near future. Going too trendy, especially in the kitchen, can come back to haunt you. A classic look for major renovations is the way to go. You can always change paint color but costly changes like cabinet style or countertop pattern are not so easily switched. This could affect the value of your home in a negative way in the future, so be cautious not to go overboard with your designs.

Not Ordering Extra

It is always better to have too much material than not enough. When ordering flooring, buy a little extra in case you need it. Flooring may come in damaged or become damaged and if you order extra upfront, you won’t have to worry about it not being in stock down the road.

Keeping Up with Neighbors

Your home is your castle. Just because the neighbors installed granite and hardwood, doesn’t mean those are the best materials for you. Choose what you like and what works for your family.

Home renovations can be expensive and time consuming. But the reward that comes with the work is often worth the time and effort if you plan ahead and avoid these common mistakes.

Informational credit to King Recycling & Waste Disposal Inc.

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