11 Remodeling Precaution Mistakes

Not Acquiring Permits


Permits are extremely important. If you are not meeting the codes or you have the wrong permits, the housing department can tell you to remove all of the work that you’ve done on your house without any reimbursement for your loss. Although you might think it’s easier to skip the permits, it isn’t worth it in the end.

Comparing Renovations


Even though you might think that your renovation is exactly like your neighbor’s renovation, it’s not. Every project and home is different, as is their remodeling vision. You cannot compare them.

Staying In The Home During The Project


Although this might save you money by allowing you to avoid the cost of paying for a temporary place to live, it actually costs you money because your contractor is going to charge extra if you’re staying in your home during the project.

Not Listening


Although you might think you know more than your contractor regarding your project, you need to admit that you don’t. They are trained to handle the responsibility of your remodel, so listen to them.

No Pre-Defined Arbitration Agreement


If there’s an absence of this agreement, there’s a strong likelihood that you’re going to find yourself in court if there’s any type of dispute. Don’t make this mistake!

Choosing A Contractor Based On A Website


Finding a good or bad review on a website doesn’t always reflect whether or not the contractor is going to be good at handling your remodeling project. Can you always trust the opinions of those who aren’t trained in contracting to share with you whether or not their remodeling project was handled to the highest standard? You can’t always base this off of the consumer’s opinion.

Not Enough Details


If you don’t provide enough details earlier on, the contractor isn’t going to know what you want within your project - and neither are you.

Focusing On The Contractor More Than The Project


A lot of times, homeowners focus on trying to get the estimate and the contractor more than they focus on being able to set up the project correctly and handle the project’s details. By the time they find a price and contractor that they like, they don’t know how to handle their project anymore and the plan begins to lack clarity.

Not Planning The Entire Project


When you plan to remodel, create the entire plan immediately. Don’t make the mistake of creating the plan as you work on the project; this can lead to a lot of errors.

Buying Your Own Materials


Although this might sound like a good plan, it’s generally not. Your contractor can get discounts that you would never have access to on your own.

Withholding Funds


If you retain more money than what you should during the project, it will make it difficult for the contractor to be able to finish remodeling because he or she won’t be able to pay their overhead for the project itself.

Amy Wright
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.
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