Home Renovation 101: Top 5 Remodeling Don’ts
“I have seen gold-plated taps worth six thousand dollars each. Or you can have the same water coming out of a perfectly nice-looking sixty dollar tap. It is easy to get carried away.” –Gary Caulfield
Renovations come in different kinds and of various forms.
But a wise and financially savvy homeowner would take into account whether the home renovations incorporated in their home would have any resale value. Whether the primary purpose is aesthetic or visual, it matters not so long as it can be seen as a sound financial investment with the purpose of augmenting the home’s economic value. Regardless of whether you are just repairing fixer-uppers dismal thatch, giving your newly built unit in Sedona Parc a personalized touch or augmenting your current home’s fetching price, there are universal rules you should abide by if you want a hassle and stress-free remodeling project.
And unfortunately, relying on your homeowner’s instinct might do your home renovation project more damage than good. For this reason, a professional’s insight might be useful which is why this article has collected some of the best advice offered. So, how can you truly find out whether what you are doing is helping or hurting a project? Here are some of top don’ts in home renovation to aid you there.
1. Do not change your mind too much
Admittedly, there are times wherein we find a better option during the course of renovating our homes making it inevitable to change our mind. However, it would be best to consider that whenever you do change your mind; it would result in a change order. No matter how small, there would be added costs whether financial or the time spent discussing the desired change. Undoubtedly, the timetable for the renovations would be affected as well as everyone would need to be duly informed of the change. Sure, it is okay to have some modifications. Just be certain you are aware of the consequences (disruption and delay of the job) should you do so.
2. Do not delay decisions
Some homeowners—especially those who DIY their renovations—would make decisions along the way which would inherently mean; they have no concrete plan in mind. For a remodel to go well, you would need to make every single decision (as well as discover possible options should something go awry) before any work is commenced. You might think that delaying decisions such as paint colors, faucet selecting and trims are relatively menial things and would not affect the entire course of the renovation. But more often than not, these small things can balloon into bigger things that would cause unnecessary delay.
3. Do not buy your materials
Buying your materials might be a practical way to save money. Or at least serve as a precaution for unsavory contractors who buy less than serviceable and cheap fixtures so that they can pocket the extra. However, there are contractors who can and will find a better price than you to begin with which would mean. They would have extra cash to accommodate more fixtures and appliances for your home. However, there is nothing wrong with being committed to doing your shopping but from time to time. Seek the advice of a professional so that you know you would not be buying those substandard materials yourself.
4. Do not attempt to salvage what is irredeemable
Some homeowners would be so insistent on a renovation in the hopes that it would conceal the home for what it truly is: a hopeless wreck. Although it would be rare for a contractor to tell you this. There are just some houses that are better off knocked down than investing huge amounts of cash in an attempt to recover it. There are homeowners who would insist on putting money in fancy fixtures and cabinets in a house; where the foundation is otherwise deteriorating or perhaps put a high-efficiency furnace in a house with no insulation. If you are guilty of any of this, let the professionals do their jobs and survey your home. At the very least, you should be open to their suggestions.
5. Do not commence renovation work without a contingency fund
Strictly having a budget for a home renovation is okay. What is not okay is having your budget precisely equal to the potential cost of your renovation without any room for a contingency fund. No one can assure you the exact cost of your renovations entirety. And if your budget falls short without any sort of contingency. You would be left with a half-baked and unfinished home improvement. It is wiser to keep extra money at hand in cases of emergency. However, do not eat into this fund to accommodate more exorbitant renovations and stretching your budgets. Remember the second rule when it comes to renovating the home: always make every decision ahead of time, and you will end up saving more.
Source: Sedona Parc