Just one mistake can turn your dream home improvement project into a total nightmare. A home remodeling job can be an expensive affair o n its own; you don’t want to make avoidable mistakes and run up the bill even more.
While some remodeling mistakes will only set you back a little pocket change, others can end up costing you thousands of dollars.
Whether you’re having a leaky faucet fixed or renovating the entire bathroom, these mistakes can turn your home improvement project into a financial disaster. Fortunately, they’re totally avoidable. Read on to find out what they are.
Not Paying Attention to the Basics
When it comes to a home improvement project, we all like to focus on the glamorous bits. A beautiful bathroom, a stylish kitchen; we want something that’s exciting and Pinterest-worthy. But focusing too much on the cosmetic upgrades and not paying enough attention to structural issues can end up costing you. Before you go about installing expensive kitchen cabinets, you might want to take care of the leaky roof above first. Wiring, piping, framing, and other small but necessary things are just as important.
Not Researching Local Building Codes
When you set out to get your bathroom or kitchen remodeled, a building code is probably the last thing on your mind; when it should be the first! A lot of people are unaware that they need building permits to carry out certain home improvement tasks. Whether it’s adding an extra bathroom in your house or modifying the plumbing, you’re going to need a permit for that. Neglecting the building codes can result in hefty fines and penalties.
Hiring the Cheapest Contractor
While it is pocket-friendly to look for a contractor that is affordable; hiring a too-good-to-be-true, cheap remodeling contractor can actually end up costing you a lot in the long-run. The reason why some contractors have unbelievably low rates is that they offer subpar work. The lowest bid will never equal a good job. Such contractors cut corners by installing low-quality products, leaving you to hire another contractor to fix their mistakes.
Not Verifying the Contractor’s Credential
Before you hire a contractor for your home improvement project, it is vital that you verify their credentials. A contractor should be licensed, bonded, and ideally have worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Otherwise, if a worker ends up getting injured, you will have to pay for their medical bills out of your pocket.
Starting the Project Without a Contract
Drafting up a contract is crucial before starting the project. The contract should clearly specify the agreed-upon price, payment method and schedule, post-project cleanup and debris removal, materials required, and any other project specifications.
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