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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Remodeling Your Home

Remodeling your home can be one of the highlights of homeownership. The possibilities are endless, and a solid home improvement project can truly help your house become home. 

With that being said, there are certainly mistakes that can be made in the process. Whether the issue lies in the conception of the idea, or in it’s execution, it’s crucial to have a solid game plan in place to ensure your project goes smoothly.

Here are the most common and crucial mistakes that homeowners make in the process of remodeling their home. 

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#1. Choosing the Cheapest Contractor

When it comes time to hire a contractor, it’s easy to be drawn to the guys that will save you a few bucks. But when undergoing a project that can legitimately affect your home’s value and your families quality of life, It’s essential to align yourself with a contractor who,

  1. Does high quality work

  2. Communicates well

  3. You can trust.

Choosing the right contractor for your project is going to involve a fair share of research on your part. Check into reviews and references, take a look at portfolios, and find the company that best aligns with your vision of the renovation. 

Price is obviously always going to be a part of the decision. It just shouldn’t be the most important part. 

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#2. Not Having a Solid Vision

It’s easy to come up with an idea. The challenge lies in turning your idea into an actionable plan.

If you approach a contractor with a very general idea of how you want the project to turn out, that leaves far too much up to interpretation, which can lead you down a path of uncertainty.

You should have details for how you want the project to go, and how you want it to ultimately turn out. These details should include the order in which you want things done, a timeline that you’d like to see the contractor stick to, and any other miscellaneous details that you can think of. 

Do not worry about sounding pushy, direct, or even a touch rude. This is your house, your vision, and your life, and it’s up to you to ensure things turn out exactly how you want them to. 

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#3. Not Sticking to Your Plan 

Once your vision is set in stone, and the project is underway, it’s crucial to not deviate too much from your original plan. 

Trying to adjust on the fly can be a costly decision. You budgeted for a certain project, planned for a certain project, and told your contractor about a certain project. Stick to that project!

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#4. Being too Trendy 

Trends come and go. What’s in now will be out tomorrow, and that cycle will repeat itself until the end of time. 

That’s exactly why you don’t want to remodel your house with too much emphasis on certain trendy designs. That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t utilize trends for inspiration and even incorporate certain aspects of them into your remodel, but if you build your entire house around what’s “In,” right now, you may come to regret it in a few years.

It can be a delicate balance of keeping your house modern without crossing the threshold into overly-trendy. Being wary of how your renovation will hold up in five years should help you walk that line.

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In the world of home renovations, mistakes can often be avoided. If you choose the right contractor, come in with a solid game plan, and stick to your original idea, you’re much less likely to run into catastrophe. 

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