Things to avoid when remodeling a home

Whether you are remodeling your home to get a fresh look or doing it to add value to your house to sell it, you will be well advised to not make the following mistakes when attempting a remodel. They will add time and money to the project, both of which should be unnecessary in most cases.

1. Taking too long to make decisions.

This concerns small decisions like fitting selection and paint selection. The whole project will be pushed late if one decision takes too long to make. If the contactor asks you for a selection, make it as quickly as possible as other arrangements that are going to follow the decision will also be delayed otherwise like calling in plumbers etc.

2. Changing your mind too often.

It is alright to change your mind once in a while about an aspect of the remodel, after all, this is your house and you are spending a lot of money remodeling it. However, do not keep second guessing yourself as it will add a lot of time and money to the schedule and also cause undue stress to both you and the contractor.

3. Buying your own materials.

While buying your own materials may seem like the best way to avoid the markups that the contractor may impose on the materials, they might have access to lower prices anyway, so you will probably be spending the same amount, if not more.

4. Allowing children around the work.

Not only is this a safety hazard but it will mean constant need to stop and start work again on the part of the contractor. This will delay the work and also annoy the contractors who have been hired to do a job on your house and should expect a somewhat conducive environment for their work.

5. Doing everything yourself.

While a lot of work can be done well by yourself, do not attempt work you have no experience in. Call in professional when a task seems too big to handle by yourself. Always get opinions on plans from contractors or friends with more knowledge than you to make sure that it is not going to end up looking bad or worse, being unsafe.

With these common mistakes to avoid, you should be well on your way to putting a fresh face on your house and enjoying a lot more years in it.

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