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Remodeling Mistakes

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

Remodeling the home is a great idea filled with dreams for every homeowner. It can be what dreams are made of or it can be a disaster waiting to happen. Many things about remodeling a home can go wrong with poor planning. Planning is the essential part of every project, which should allow for every situation, yet no one can think of everything so there are still errors or problems that may happen.

So how do you remodel the home without mistakes? Thinking about what could go wrong is will help you avoid most of the biggest mistakes commonly made. Here is a list of some of the most common mistakes when remodeling. Maybe these will help you avoid mistakes with your project.

Avoid over-expanding with the new addition. Most people add a room to their home for additional space. You may like the new space but in the future, if you sell the home it may not be appealing to the buyer. Bigger is not always better so do not make the addition too large. Take the size of the addition into mind compared with the rest of the home so it is not overwhelming or out of place. The addition needs to blend with the rest of the home. If it looks like an added part of the home, it may not be the right size or design for the home. It should complement the original house while adding more living space.

Watch out for overspending on the remodeling project. Remodeling is expensive. You made a list of all the materials you need for the job but you end up adding little things during that add up to so much more. You see another model that is only $55 more so you buy it instead of the original item. Do this several times and you will go over your budget.

Another costly mistake is not including a part or piece needed. Neglecting to include certain parts such as several boxes of nails or a few electrical boxes can soon add up, causing you to go over budget.

To avoid this mistake, add a cushion to the amount for the project. Make allowances for the forgotten items not included. Be conservative with the estimate. Most remodeling projects go over budget by 20%-30%. Use this figure when calculating your budget.

Keep the design and style the same with the addition. A modern kitchen with shiny new stainless steel appliances and a granite countertop will look out of place in the older farmhouse where the rest of the home is all wood and brass.

Do not do the project if you do not have the experience. Just saving money is not a good enough reason to do things at home. You will end up doing a sloppy job or making costly mistakes. The mistakes can reduce the quality and value of the home instead of increasing the value.


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