Top 5 Home Remodeling Don’ts

We all have times when we look around our homes and think to ourselves that it’s time to do a bit of remodeling. It might consist of adding on another room, converting the attic (or basement) into a bedroom or putting up a wooden deck—honestly, the options are pretty close to endless.

Yet before you get started on your own dream project, it’s important to know about some things that you shouldn’t do when it comes to home remodeling. By keeping this list in mind, it can save you a lot of time and money, plus it can get your project completed sooner rather than later.

DON’T go with the first contractor’s name you hear. There are a lot of people who have absolute horror stories about being gypped by a contractor that they were working with. Some things that you can do to avoid going through the same instance to make sure that you select someone who comes highly referred and also that you interview more than one person. As you’re figuring out who to use, make sure that each prospective contractor shows you a portfolio of their work, other references and a price estimate for the project you’d like them to complete.

DON’T start without being clear about what you want. The moment that you hire a contractor to do a certain job, they are on the time clock. This means that it’s a good idea for you to know exactly what you want them to do because if you change your mind too much, that could end up costing you more money than you actually have in your budget.

DON’T automatically purchase your own materials. You may have heard that one way to save a lot of money is to purchase your own materials. However, one thing to keep in mind is that contractors are experts in their field and so there’s a pretty good chance that they might be able to get a better rate on the things that you need. Our suggestion? Discuss materials required beforehand and do a bit of price comparing. Whoever can find the best discount, that’s who needs to get the necessary items and tools.

DON’T plan to be home a lot. Whether the contractors are laying down foundations, putting up walls, or even doing something electrical like installing wiring orĀ troubleshooting AC freeze ups, for the safety of you, your children and also your pets, it’s best to plan to be away from the house as much as you possibly can. As a matter of fact, if you can schedule a vacation for the crux of project, that will make things a lot easier for you as well as the individuals working on your home. It will also keep you from being tempted to ask questions every 10 minutes; ones that could distract the workers from doing their jobs.

DON’T ignore the contractor’s recommendations. Even if you have always envisioned your home looking one way, remember that contractors have the training and skills to offer some good advice. Therefore, be open to the recommendations that they might make, even if they differ from what you initially intended. You never know. Their ideas just might end up being better than anything you could’ve planned on your own (and quite possibly, be a bit cheaper too).

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