Don’t Make These Six Home Remodeling Errors!

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Remodeling a house is a big deal! In many cases, homeowners dream of the renovations they want to do for years before they actually have the money to make them happen. If you are preparing to finally turn your house into the home you’ve been dreaming of for a long time, there are several things you can do to make the process go as smoothly as possible for everyone involved. Everyone has heard renovation horror stories, which are usually caused by a common remodeling error. Here, you’ll discover six key mistakes to avoid when you begin your upcoming project.

    1. Take the time to properly prepare – It’s easy to get so caught up in the fact that you are finally about to see your dreams for your house come to fruition that you neglect to properly prepare for the job that lies ahead of you. While some of the prep work undoubtedly lies with the contractor you hire, there are also things you need to do. These include getting any necessary building permits required by your city and making sure you hire an architect and any special tradesmen who are needed for your project.
    2. Failing to consider the value of your remodel – This particular mistake can be more costly, both literally and figuratively, for some homeowners than for others. If you don’t intend to ever sell the house you are renovating, you might decide you don’t care if your upcoming renovations make your house worth more than you will ever get for it in your neighborhood. If, however, you plan to list the property at some point in the not-too-distant future, it’s important to consider local comps so you don’t spend money you have no hope of recouping when you remodel your space.
    3. Not contacting more than one contractor – Even if you ultimately end-up hiring the very first contractor you meet with about your project, it’s a good idea to get at least three quotes prior to making your final choice. This will not only give you the chance to learn more about the options that exist in your area of North Carolina or South Carolina but will give you several conversations to compare when the time comes to figure out who you want to work with.
    4. Trying to do too much yourself – While some projects are easy enough to do on your own, most remodeling jobs require the expertise only professionals can offer. Being overconfident in your own abilities (and the amount of free time you have!) can lead to problems. Seriously consider what you can handle on your own and outsource everything else to a reputable contractor. Any extra money you’ll spend will be well worth the hassle and energy you’ll save!
    5. Not accounting for incidentals – It is crucial to talk to your contractor about your budget before your project gets underway. He or she may have some suggestions for how to tweak it to make sure you get everything you want out of your remodel. Also, make sure you account for incidental expenses that are sure to pop up throughout the job. Many professionals recommend an incidentals fund that is about 20% of your total budget.
      Not overseeing your own project – In certain cases, once homeowners have hired their contractors, they more-or-less stay away from their houses until their renovation projects are complete. This is not necessarily wise, though. By keeping tabs on what is going on at the job site, you will not only have a better understanding of the changes that are being made to your house, but you will be able to talk to any workers or specialists who don’t seem to be doing the tasks you hired them to accomplish.

At Hatch Homes, our entire crew takes great pride in doing exceptional work for all of our clients throughout the Carolinas. If you’re seriously considering a remodeling project soon, don’t hesitate to give us a call to schedule a consultation. We look forward to learning more about the changes you are interested in making to your home and would love to be given the opportunity to handle the job for you and your family!

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