Before you start that remodeling project look at these three things not to do.
In most homeowners life there will come a time when remodeling and upgrading your current amenities will be a way of life. Whether you are wanting to add space to your rooms, upgrade materials, or because your home needs more functionality, taking on a remodeling job could be in your near future. Before you get started, there are several factors to consider. While your favorite home and gardens show may make it look easy in a few days – here are three things not to do when taking on your remodeling home job.
Never assume that your budget won’t go over your estimation:
While you may have done your homework on how much your materials, labor, and miscellaneous remodeling components will cost, there always should be a budget for going over budget. Many remodeling projects will involve unforeseen circumstances that will not be conveyed until the project starts. Opening up walls can often lead to electrical, structural or plumbing surprises. Remodeling older homes can often unveil mold, pipes leaking or rotting and deteriorating wood. Keeping this in mind, create a lower budget than you think you will need, just in case.
Don’t overlook local building codes and regulations for your area
Many homeowners assume that any construction or remodeling they do on their home is fair game. Depending on where you live, the local building codes and statutes may need to be considered. Especially if you are digging outside your home for a pool, pouring a structural foundation, or installing certain electrical/plumbing/mechanical/structural components may need a building inspector to review for safety.
Don’t underestimate the power of pictures when hiring a contractor
If you choose not to do the all of the remodeling project yourself and you hire a professional contractor – communication and conveying your intent is essential. Photographs that you find on your favorite magazine or ones that you collect from house ware brochures will help tremendously. Many homeowners forget that contractors will need an idea of exactly what result you’d like in your remodeling job – don’t rely on just your verbal explanation and their interpretation to get the results you are seeking.
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