Undertaking a home renovation project – big or small – can come with a fair share of challenges. But, if you avoid the common mistakes homeowners often fall victim to, it can be a very rewarding experience. Not only will your home take on a new look and potentially become the talk of the neighborhood, professionally performed home improvements will also increase home value and improve curb appeal when it’s all said and done. In fact, minor kitchen remodels, deck or attic bedroom additions and entry or garage door replacements offer the greatest ROI, according to U.S. News & World Report.1
Avoid Costly Mistakes By Letting the Professionals Handle Countertop Installation
The adage “measure twice and cut once” is never more relevant than when you’re choosing and installing new cabinets and countertops. The last thing you want is to have a beautiful, expensive new countertop installed only to find your refrigerator or some other fixture doesn’t fit like you thought it would. The great thing about hiring licensed professionals with a reputation to protect is you can rely on them to measure twice and cut once – if they don’t they’ll have to make it right out of their own pocket.
Choosing the Wrong Type of Paint
It’s common for people to spend a lot of time considering paint colors to use during a renovation. However, that deliberation could all be for naught if you’re not choosing the right type of paint for the job. For example, if you’re painting a child’s bedroom or the kitchen, you should choose a durable paint that can be easily cleaned, like an acrylic eggshell or satin. When you hire reputable professional contractors such as those at DMG to handle your interior and exterior painting, you can rest assured we’ll tell you about your paint options and advise on the best types for certain areas of your home.
Skimping on a Contractor or Professional
Two of the biggest mistakes homeowners make during a renovation project is assuming they can complete a job on their own or hiring the first contractor they meet. A home renovation project is not something to be taken lightly. Going the DIY route may seem financially enticing, but tearing down your walls without requisite knowledge and experience often leads to costly electrical, plumbing or structural damage, not to mention it’s a safety risk.
Consider hiring a professional, and when you do, get written estimates from at least three different companies or contractors. Don’t forget to check references and online reviews so you can be sure you’re getting the right person for the job.
Ignoring Potential Repairs
It’s easy to get wrapped up in appearances while your home is being renovated. But as your contractor removes drywall or lifts tile or carpet, they may find there are some repairs or general improvements that can or should be made. Don’t simply cover these issues back up! If your contractor finds signs of mold, plumbing leaks, a leaky roof or any other maintenance issue, it’s best to get it resolved as soon as possible.
Setting a Budget for the Bare Minimum
Setting your budget is often step one in the renovation process. This may seem simple enough, but assuming you only need the bare minimum for materials and construction costs is a common error. Unfortunately, there are likely going to be unexpected costs as the process moves along. Some drywall may get damaged or you may need extra materials, for example. Instead of lowballing your budget, give yourself a cushion.
Being Stubborn About What You Want
Your first choice may not always be the best choice. For example, if you’ve always dreamed of having hardwood flooring but your home has a lot of foot traffic or pets with sharp nails, it may not be as practical as more durable hardwood-style laminate. Try remaining open to options that could potentially offer more bang for your buck.
Choose a Design and Development Team You Can Trust
If you want the best possible home renovation results, consider working with trusted professionals like DMG. We provide much more than just construction or contractor services. Our Design + Build team will work with you (and your budget) step-by-step until your vision becomes a reality, providing blueprints and architectural renderings along the way.
If you want more information about how your current home can become your dream home, contact DMG by calling (504) 275-6664 or visit us online today!