3 Things Not To Do When Remodeling

3 Things Not To Do When Remodeling

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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Boots Levinson, REALTOR


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