What NOT to Do When Remodeling

What NOT to Do When Remodeling

January 3, 2022

Thinking about treating yourself to a renovation in the new year? Nearly every home could use a little extra TLC, but before you get your heart set on a $100,000 kitchen remodel, read these helpful house renovation tips. Not every remodeling task will actually improve your home’s value, and others might simply be impractical in your daily life.

Here are some kitchen remodel tips to ensure your remodeling project goes smoothly:

  • Don’t neglect to hire a contractor: First and foremost, make sure that you work with a reputable contractor who is known for their remodeling skills. Do not assume that you, your friends or your family can get the job done, unless you come from a family of remodeling contractors and you’re licensed yourself. Many people are misled by the way home improvement television shows make remodeling projects look fast and easy—but that’s the magic of editing.
  • Don’t hire an unlicensed or uninsured contractor: When you get ready to interview and hire a contractor, make sure that they are licensed, insured and bonded. Not only will this help guarantee that you’ll have legal recourse if the work isn’t finished, but you’ll also be protected if someone is injured on your property.
  • Don’t start planning before you have a budget: Before you decide that the $20,000 cast-iron claw-foot tub is non-negotiable, make sure to set a budget. How much can you reasonably afford to spend? How much wiggle room can you work into your budget? What are your non-negotiable goals for the remodel? This will help you stay on target as you decide what you need and what you can nix if necessary.
  • Don’t assume your budget and timeline are strict: While contractors will make every effort to stay on time and on budget, don’t assume that everything will go according to plan. Your remodel may require extra time or go over budget, especially if there are issues with vendors and suppliers. Weather, too, can play a part in remodeling schedules. Try to remain flexible—within reason, of course.
  • Don’t forget local building codes and permits: One of the benefits of working with a skilled contractor is that they’ll handle a number of important tasks for you, including your permits and making sure you comply with all local building codes. Your contractor is in a better position to cut through the bureaucratic red tape and can make sure that you get the permits you need—all while creating a remodel that meets all rules, regulations and codes.
  • Don’t underestimate your remodel: You can have the home of your dreams, especially when you work with skilled contractors. Don’t dismiss your dream kitchen, bathroom or addition before you talk to your contractor—it might be easier and cheaper than you think.

When you’re ready to start your next house renovation, these tips will guide you through your kitchen remodel and more. Call Apple Construction LLC. to learn more about how we can help transform your house.

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