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Homeowners Confess Remodeling Mistakes

Although no one expects their renovation to come out perfectly, they generally plan for it to be somewhat close to their ideal and without any major mistakes. However, there are many remodeling mistakes that happen more often than people generally expect. Nailing down some of the essentials that would make the renovation function and comfortable is an ideal way to begin when you are planning for your upcoming project. The following brief overview examines the different ways that homeowners have found remodeling mistakes during or after their projects; some mistakes even being purposely overlooked.

Letting Small Errors Slide

 

In some circumstances, cutting corners to save time in the face of inevitable scheduling challenges might seem unavoidable and even forgivable. However, sometimes an error that you think you can deal with can have a large amount of impact on how you will be able to enjoy the space. Even if it means that you have to extend the project another week or change something unexpectedly, it’s always better to get the job done right the first time before it becomes a noticeable problem later on.

Forgetting Basics

 

Although it’s fun to focus on decorating different aspects of your renovation and think a little less about the essentials at first, it’s not a good idea to do this throughout your remodeling project. If your contractor is spending more time arranging these elements and not thinking so much about the practical side of your project, then you’re going to have problems by the time that your renovation is finished officially.

Not Measuring Correctly

 

Almost every homeowner has incorrectly measured something during their initial work for their renovation. In most cases, they just don’t know how to measure as accurately as the professionals. However, this can be a moment where every measurement counts because that information determines how many materials you need to buy and their overall dimensions. If you want to measure, you can -- but always have it verified with your contractor before you proceed with ordering anything you might need for the renovation.

Overlooking Built-In Flaws

 

When budgets are tight and wish lists for your renovation are particularly long, many people try to save by ignoring some of the most underlying but obvious issues. They end up regretting this when the job has been finished and the mistakes are still present. Have architectural issues taken care of early. If your budget is still too tight, you should hold off on making any expenditures that will not require you do redo any work, such as replacing older appliances that still work.

It’s easy to make mistakes when you are remodeling for the first time. Almost everyone does at some point of their project. However, the more aware you are of the common mistakes, the more likely you will be able to avoid them within your own project and make the most out of your renovation in the long run.

Amy Wright
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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.