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.