Don’t learn these remodeling mistakes the hard way. Before beginning your project, take these tips into account and do your research.
Most Common Remodeling Mistakes
Choosing Trendy Over Timeless
Glossy magazines and online ideabooks make even the most fleeting trends look good. But don’t be fooled. Following today’s trends could make your home look dated in just a few short years. Alternatively, focus on timeless elements with lasting appeal. If you find yourself drawn to a specific trend, ask yourself if you’d still like it even if no one else did.
Underestimating Your Budget
Every budget needs a buffer to account for unexpected costs. If your plans are too grand and your budget is too tight, you could end up in a real bind. To avoid this remodeling mistake, be realistic about what you can afford before you begin and save up as long as necessary to achieve your specific goals. Generally speaking, you should plan for 10% to 15% of the total budget for unexpected changes. At Valley Home Builders, our team of experts works closely with our clients to determine their specific needs and translate those elements into a sensible budget.
Cutting Corners in Cost
Cheaper is not always better, especially when it comes to products and places in your home that experience heavy use. In some cases, a more expensive material, less prone to wear and tear, will actually save you more money over time. Do your research so you know where to cut costs and where to spend big. If you need extra help, a design-build firm like Valley Home Builders can help you wade through your options and prioritize accordingly.
Thinking Short Term
Opting for long-lasting products and timeless design elements are two important ways to thinking long term. But don’t stop there. Depending on your family’s specific needs and how long you intend to stay in your home, you may need to plan further ahead. If you’re planning to sell soon, determine which upgrades will have the biggest returns. If you intend to stay in your home for the long haul, you may want to consider aging in place updates.
Not Seeing the Big Picture
If your attentions are focused on a single-room remodel, you might not notice how the final product will blend in with the rest of your home. Before you finalize your design, imagine it against the broader scope of your house. If your home has natural Craftsman qualities, you probably don’t want a stark white, modern kitchen. If your contemporary condo is all about clean lines, a rustic farmhouse style will look out of place.
Changing Your Mind
We know; this remodeling mistake sounds a little suspect. Shouldn’t you be allowed to change your mind? After all, it’s your home. But changing your mind too late in the game or too many times could end up costing you big bucks. To avoid such a scenario, spend as much time considering your options before your remodel begins. Don’t start until you feel really comfortable with your choices. Valley Home Builders’ Architect can prepare 3-D designs your project, so you can see what your addition or remodel might look like and make adjustments based on your preferences. In addition, our Interior Designer team can help to design your future addition and remodeling projects including selection of paint colors, tile, granite stone, cabinets, appliances, and more.
Hiring the Wrong Contractor
You wouldn’t buy the first car you test drove, and you shouldn’t hire a contractor without doing your homework. Ask the right questions and consider multiple options if necessary. Valley Home Builders offers commitment-free consultations, so you can decide what’s right for you without added pressure. Contact us today to connect with one of our expert representatives.