The Worst Ways To Cut Corners While Remodeling

In most cases, cutting corners is one of the popular elements when you are remodeling any part of your home. Based on information from Milwaukee/NARI members, almost all homeowners that are seeking to remodel must organize and prioritize what they need the most for their remodeling project instead of what they want to do based on their strict budget. Members are encouraging homeowners to take advantage of contractor’s experience with their project. A good remodeler will be able to work with homeowners - even based on cost - to help determine what the homeowners will be able to do on their own, where material and labor costs can be cut safely, and what parts of the remodeling can be postponed until more funds are available.

One of the worst ways that you can cut corners is to hire someone who isn’t licensed to work on remodeling. It is often a mistake to choose a contractor based on price instead of doing the full research. Homeowners make the mistake of searching for the lowest bid instead of verifying if the individual is licensed or not. Sometimes when the lowest bid is presented, it can reflect that the contractor is not using quality materials, trusted professionals, or the correct practices during the project.

There are many experts in the industry who claim that homeowners are essentially getting what they pay for in these circumstances. If you are opting to pay for the lowest priced bid available, you need to question why this contractor’s services are so cheap. Do they have any references that you can rely on? Are there any clients in the area that you can visit and see how well the remodeling work was presented and how long it was able to last.

Milwaukee/NARI recommends asking the contractor that you are considering hiring to provide their certification of insurance covering workers compensation, personal liability, and property damage. It is also recommended to follow up on the homeowner references that you have been provided. Solicit multiple bids and have the contractor explain why their bid is so high or so low. This will provide you with more insight into the contractor’s work on the project and who may be able to provide you with the best results.

Another strong point for consideration is not to hire a plumber who is willing to do electrical work or an electrician that is willing to do the plumbing work during your remodel. These people are not licensed or trained to handle these other types of work, so you are going to get questionable results. Some of the remodels that should be ideally left to a specialist include gas appliance repair, plumbing repair, electrical repair, major demolition, tree removal, roofing, structural changes, asbestos and lead. Homeowners also should not attempt to do any of this work on their own because there is a high chance that they will do the work incorrectly or injure themselves in the process.

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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