10 Biggest Remodeling Mistakes Every New Homeowner Makes
First-time homeowners in Connecticut and across the country are often so excited with their new purchase that they rush into remodeling projects before they're ready. When taking on a residential remodeling project, be sure you know what you're getting into. Here are 10 of the biggest remodeling mistakes every new homeowner makes:
1. Neglecting to Make a Budget
CBS News reports that 37 percent of people who remodel their home do so without first setting a budget. The budget is one of the most crucial parts of a home remodeling project. Knowing your budget will allow you to set realistic expectations for your remodel. Without a budget, remodeling costs can easily grow out of control.
2. Neglecting to Prioritize
Many times the most fun remodeling projects are the least urgent. Kitchen renovations and bathroom upgrades sound glamorous, but deferred maintenance--like a new roof--should take priority. Also take note of timing when prioritizing. If your Connecticut home is in need of a new roof and winter is on the way, that should definitely take priority over your new bathtub.
3. Hiring Contractors Without A Fixed-Price Contract
The fixed-price contract is your protection when you hire outside help. This type of contract prevents you from going over your budget and will clear up pricing misunderstandings.
4. Neglecting To Make a Family Plan
Residential construction usually involves some amount of inconvenience while it's happening. If your kitchen will be unusable for a few days, or if you'll be reduced to using only one toilet for an afternoon, prepare your family and make a plan to avoid arguments.
5. Using Poor Quality Materials
New homeowners who stick to a budget may be tempted to skimp on materials in order to save money. This may seem like a good idea at first, but doesn't pay off in the long run. Inexpensive materials don't last long, and will cost more money to replace later.
6. DIY Remodeling
Unfortunately, many first-time homeowners simply don't have the expertise to successfully undertake a remodeling project. DIY projects seem like a good idea before work begins, but online tutorials and home improvement books don't always provide enough instruction to get the job done properly. Some projects are just better left to the professionals!
7. Choosing Energy-Inefficient Appliances
Going green is the way of the future. Green appliances are often a little more costly up front, but they save money over time, by lowering energy bills and increasing the resale value of your home.
8. Hiring a Handyman Instead of a Contractor
Handymen, while less expensive, are not contractors and cannot be treated as such. In order to make your remodel a success, hire someone who is certified, trained and qualified to handle a complex construction project.
9. Failing to Understand the Project
Research your home remodeling project before you seek out a contractor. You'll need to know what's realistic in order to avoid hiring a contractor that will promise anything--even if it's a bad idea--just to get the job.
10. Improperly Vetting Contractors
Know who you're hiring and be sure to hire a contractor with a reputation for excellence. Ask to see a portfolio to prove your chosen contractor can get the job done right.
With over 20 years in the business, Litchfield Builders knows what it takes to make your home remodeling project a success. We have helped couples and families across New Haven County understand the remodeling process and turn their new houses into homes. To get started on your home remodeling project with our team, click the banner below to request your free initial consultation.