While the rest of the United States economy struggles to regain their footing after one of the longest stints of economic downturn our country has ever seen, one city has not only recovered, but has truly excelled to new heights. Houston, Texas was recently ranked number 20 in Forbes annual rankings of best places for business and careers. Businesses and individuals are flocking to the city at alarming rates in order to either start up a company or find a job working for one, and in just five years we have seen over 300,000 people migrate to the city.

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So many people are making their way into the city each year because Houston has been named one of the best cities in regards to cost of living, and potential homeowners are constantly on the prowl for that next beautiful home to call their own. Many of these potential homebuyers don’t have the time to build a custom home; therefore, they are opting to buy a “new to me” home. If there was ever a time to make a move into a larger home for a growing family, or perhaps a smaller home for “empty nesters”, this would be that time.

Transformed two story - AfterThat being said, in Houston, 38% of the available homes are more than 30 years old. Many of these houses need more than a little cosmetic therapy, they require some structural updates and changes just to make them safe and functional for today’s modern living. This may seem like a problem but consider; older homes tend to come with more land and, once it is remodeled, make luxury much more affordable than purchasing new. In an older home, what you see is what you get. If it look like brick, it’s brick. If it looks like a wood floor, it’s wood. This makes renovating a great deal easier, and adds to the character of the home.

Homeowners recognize that it is equally important for a space to functions well and be beautiful. Remodeling older homes can mean restoring a building to its original luster, or altering floor plans to accommodate modern lifestyles and tastes. A little extra time and attention paid to older homes can improve a homeowner’s quality of life and help boost the home’s value on the market.

Home Remodeling Tips: What NOT To Do

Award-winning wine room designed and remodeled by Gryphon BuildersWhen remodeling your house, there are a lot of things that go into it. That is why you should always use a professional contractor because they will help you understand that what you do is just as important as what you don’t do. For example, sometimes a homeowner can negatively affect a remodeling project by creating problems because they do not know when to trust the professional and get out of the way. Read on to find out how to help simplify your home remodel.

1. Don’t Change Your Mind. Even though it is inevitable that you will change your mind during the remodel, you should know that every time you do, it will result in a change order and that results in added costs, even if the change is minor. Scheduling can be affected, which may cause a delay in the project.

To ensure that your remodel remains on schedule make as any, if not all decision before work starts. This prevents any situations that might cause delays.

2. Don’t Work Without A Contingency Fund. It is very rare to find a person that has set a realistic budget for a project. Typically, what someone wants doesn’t match up with what they have budgeted for. Avoid buying your own materials because even though it might seem like you’re saving money, in the end it is usually the same price as a professional may get a better price than you to begin with.

Don’t start work without a contingency budget. If you follow rule #1 and you hire a qualified contractor, you can probably plan for a 5% contingency.

3. Don’t Try to Fix Up A Tear Down. Some houses should be knocked down rather than having money put into them to fix them up. Even though this is rare, many people put money into fancy appliances for a house with a sagging foundation.

Always listen to the professionals and be open-minded to their opinion. They know better about structural issues that you may not even be able to see.

4. Don’t Be A Distraction. Every minute working on a project counts, so don’t have a 30 minute conversation with someone while they are working on your house; it is only inhibiting them from doing their job. Another way to prevent distractions is to keep children and/or pets away from the property so they don’t get in the way. It’s not safe to have them around the building process and it will disturb the workers.

Most importantly, if possible, don’t live in your house while it is being remodeled because it will be messy, uncomfortable, and chaotic for you and the workers.

5. Don’t Work Without A Design. Don’t start a remodel without a detailed floor plan. Some projects may require and architect or a house designer, which will help you create a good plan. A detailed floor plan will catch any possible problems before hand.

Knowing what NOT to do during your home remodeling project can significantly impact the job and help to avoid many problems and/or delays from occurring.