Many things could go wrong in a home renovation project if the homeowners failed to plan properly. We’ve heard of stories where clients and contractors made ineffective choices that compromised the resulting construction. In the end, the clients were left with a room they didn’t want or expenses they didn’t plan for.
H.E. Feldman & Son always strives for a smooth-sailing experience, from start to finish. Because we’ve been doing this for a while, we’re familiar with the mistakes that clients tend to make. To save you from potential problems, here are renovation mistakes you must avoid:
Rushing the Job
Because of home transformation reality shows, clients may get the impression that a home renovation project can be completed in a week. However, that is far from reality; it takes months to plan, execute, and finish a remodeling project.
For instance, a bathroom remodel may take up to a month. A moderately-sized kitchen remodeling, on average, takes 8 to 12 weeks to complete. Bigger projects that involve larger parts of the house will take even longer.
Your renovation team needs to plan the project, procure the materials, and build or install everything properly. Realistic deadlines result in beautiful and dependable work.
In contrast, contractors and clients who rush the job are setting themselves up for failure. You might end up with improper installation and rushed design decisions.
Choosing Less Reputable Contractors
Price is not always correlated to quality — many contractors provide outstanding work for competitive prices. However, price shouldn’t be the only deciding factor in choosing a contractor. There are risks to hiring the contractor with the lowest prices:
- They might cut corners
- They might offer products of low quality
- They might not have the materials you prefer
- They might not be licensed or insured
- They might not offer a warranty or clean up
Moreover, keep in mind that renovation requires precise planning and budgeting, so be wary of contractors who are not thorough.
- Request written estimates from at least three contractors. Assess the estimates if they have pricing details, waste removal plans, warranty on the work, etc.
- Check online reviews for the contractors. Confirm if they were able to give their clients what they achieved without overspending.
Deviating from the Budget
One of the most common home renovation mistakes is deviating from the budget. What most clients don’t foresee is that the little extras add up to a large amount.
Planning is the most effective way to stick to your budget. If your contractor has a detailed plan, it’s much easier to stay within the budget range. The plan also gives you a level of visibility on the prices; you can create a ballpark figure of the total price if you choose to splurge on cabinet handles.
Micromanaging is taking control of every part, however small, of a project. Clients who micromanage will visit the site every day, check every part, and make recommendations for everything.
However, we believe that it’s the contractor’s job to make sure that everything goes as planned — not the client’s. Although we want our clients to be involved, we don’t want our clients to be needlessly worried about everything. Our team wants homeowners to relax.
This is why we put a premium on detailed planning. Because we provide our clients with a thorough plan, our clients rest assured that the entire project will be completed according to what was agreed upon.
There are many other remodeling mistakes that clients should avoid, but our team foresees and prevents them. With over 40 years of experience, the H.E. Feldman & Son team has mastered the right way to prepare, plan, execute, and complete a renovation project.
If you have a project in mind, get in touch with our team today.