If you’ve ever taken on a home remodeling project – and lived to tell about it – you likely have stories to tell. Stories of trials and tribulations. Budgets exceeded. Workmanship that fell short of your expectations. Blown timetables. And who knows what else.
So, before you embark on your first (or next) remodeling project, take the necessary precautions to avoid these common mistakes.
Timing. Even the best planned projects can get delayed or interrupted, so build in a little cushion for project completion. Also, avoid starting a major project right before another major life event like a wedding, birth, and so on. And whenever possible, avoid starting more than one project at a time.
Budget. One of the most common remodeling mistakes is under-budgeting. Research the cost of materials, finishes, and labor, set a realistic budget based on your wants and needs, then add 20 to 30 percent for surprises that might be lurking behind walls or upgrades you might decide on as the project progresses. Also, figure out what you are and aren’t willing to skimp on. Does the big island with granite top stay, or does that honor go to the high-end appliances you’ve pre-selected when – budget-wise – you can only have one? You’re bound to face decisions just like that.
Measure Twice. Then measure again. When drawing up a floor plan, purchasing appliances, or planning out a room’s layout, measure all components multiple times to make sure everything fits before orders are placed and cuts are made. Pay attention to accessibility. That massive sectional might fit into your living room, but not if you can’t get it through the front door.
Special Orders. Once you’ve set your budget, planned your remodel, and taken precise measurements, it’s time to go shopping! Keep in mind that some items might need to be ordered which can add significant delays.
DIY. Taking the DIY route can save you a pretty penny, but not if you’re forced to hire a professional to fix your mistakes. Know your limitations and set realistic timelines.
Contractors. Always interview more than one contractor and get competitive bids. Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. For example, a contractor might come in lower than a competitor but may not include the cost of permits and a dumpster in his or her quote. Ask for and check references, too, before hiring anyone!
Changes. Changes cost money, pure and simple. That doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind before or during the project – after all, you’re the one who has to live with it.
We’re not trying to scare you. We’re simply telling you like it is or can be. At the same time, Pann Home Services is an experienced home remodeling company that handles all aspects of the job and takes complete responsibility for work promised and performed. We also have all the required remodeling and related licenses for your protection and added peace of mind.
No matter what the project, contact us today for a free upfront confrontation.