Planning a remodeling project can be super exciting! You’re finally getting that patio you’ve always wanted or the bathroom of your dreams - but how can you ensure that your remodel is nothing but smooth sailing? Here are the top 10 things to avoid for a stress-free remodel:
Don’t forget the permits!
If you start your project but forget to get a permit when needed, you could find yourself paying large penalties or even having a “stop-work order” placed on your project. Worst-case scenario, Development Services could make you undo everything that’s already done! A trusted, professional remodeler should be able to tell you what kind of permits your project requires. Chances are if your project includes structural changes, adding electrical or mechanical systems, or adding a deck or fence - you’ll need a permit.
Don’t forget to check with your HOA.
If you’re a part of a Homeowner’s Association, they might have certain rules about what you can and can’t change in your home, especially outside changes in the backyard/patio area and at the front of your home. Don’t forget to check with them before you start a project. You definitely don’t want to start investing in something you’re not allowed to finish.
Don’t go in blind.
Make sure you do your research before even requesting quotes.
- What will your project entail?
- How much does the project typically cost?
- What kind of design will you switch to?
- What’s the recoup value for the project?
- What’s the ideal timeline for the project?
- What’s most important to you through the remodel?
- What licensed and insured contractors are in your area?
Also, make sure you’re budgeting enough for the remodel, plus 10-20% extra for unforeseen expenses like wonky plumbing or electrical discovered in demo.
Don’t just hire the cheapest option.
Remodeling is expensive. While it’s in your best interest to get several estimates, going with the cheapest option simply because they’re the cheapest option could get you in trouble down the line. You want to make sure your contractor is using quality materials and quality workmanship. Do your research and go with the most qualified option. Your remodeler should be licensed and experienced. You should also check their social media profiles and website for examples of their work. Choose a remodeler that will be the best fit for your project and budget.
Miscommunications can set a project back significantly.
- Make sure you tell your remodeling contractor exactly what you’d like and ensure that it’s stated in the contract correctly, along with an estimated start and completion date.
- If there are any issues during the time of the remodel, make sure to bring them up to the project manager immediately.
- If you’ll be staying in an inactive area of your home, make sure the crew is mindful of their working hours and know what areas they should stay away from.
- Familiarize yourself with construction and design lingo so you know exactly what’s going on with your project.
- Plan a daily check-in with the job supervisor or project manager to make sure everything is going according to plan.
Don’t lose your head!
Remodeling is an extensive process. The research and preparation alone are time-consuming, plus having crews in and out of your home can be exhausting. Keep the end goal in mind and know that in the end, it will be worth it!
Remodeling doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult. With the right preparation and research, you can have an awesome experience. Let us take the guesswork & stress out of your remodeling projects! We offer free quotes, flexible financing, and even great offers to help you get the remodel you’ve always wanted. You can request your free quote online, or give us a call at 214-220-4847.