It’s pretty exciting to be remodeling your home as it the end result is going to be a better, more suitable home for you and your family to live in. But are home remodeling projects really just so straight forward and easy? Ha! We’ve all heard the remodeling horror stories from friends, family and co-workers but it’s never easy to learn the truth in these situations about what really went down if you only have one side of the story
What you can do though, is learn what not to do when you’re remodeling your own home because construction and remodeling mistakes can be very costly, either immediately or much further down the road when it’s unexpected and becomes one of those surprise expenses we all dread.
Based on our experience as a professional contractor for over 15 years let’s take a quick look at 6 different home remodeling mistakes that we really don’t want to see you make (because we’ve watched others make them or had to fix the results!)
#1. Don’t Set an Unrealistic Home Remodeling Budget
This is something contractors run into with clients on a regular basis. A homeowner has a great vision for their home and property but unfortunately, they have absolutely no idea what the scope of the work is or what it’s actually going to cost to be completed, both in labor and materials. If the scope of work you want to complete is outside your immediate budget range, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to build large projects in “phases” over a longer period of time.
Maybe you start with your flooring, move to the cabinets, then tackle knocking down those walls and expanding the kitchen at a later time. Your entire project doesn’t need to be completed at once. Talk to your contractor about “phasing” your project and how they would recommend you do it to maximize your return. A good contractor will spend the time with you to discuss a realistic budget for the project you’d like completed.
#2. Hiring The First Available, Lowest Priced Contractor You Find
Many homeowners often make the mistake of wanting to get their home remodeled in a hurry, they make a quick decision on an impulse and find themselves into the project faster than they expected. This is almost always a recipe for disaster! When it comes to construction and remodeling “fast” usually means poorly planned and cheaply built.
A good contractor will almost always be booked up well in advance, sometimes 4-8 weeks or even more if they are committed to a large project. This is a good sign, because it means their work is good enough to be in demand. While it may take several weeks to get to your project, your contractor can usually get started on your estimate right away and if you decide to move forward, can book you into their schedule, down the road.
#3. Don’t Expect Any Returns on The Hidden Upgrades
As you’ll find out with a home remodel there are many elements of a remodel that buyers love to see and feel such as new granite countertops, new hardwood flooring or a beautifully remodeled kitchen. Then there are the remodeling upgrades that they can’t see such as upgraded plumbing and wiring. The latter is not something you can expect a buyer to want to pay more for and they probably won’t.Most home buyers are only interested in the visual improvements they can see contributing to a higher value of the home and won’t want to pay more for upgrades they consider “essential” for any home such as proper plumbing, wiring or insulation for example.
Most home buyers are only interested in the visual improvements they can see contributing to a higher value of the home and won’t want to pay more for upgrades they would otherwise consider “essential” for any home such as proper plumbing, wiring or insulation for example.
#4. Making Your Home Remodeling Changes Too Personal
If you’re going to live out the rest of your days in your existing Maryland home, then it might not matter so much but if you intend to sell your home within months or years after your remodel it’s important to make sure whatever changes/improvements you make to the home will be appealing to other home buyers. While you might think that crazy pattern wall paper would look really cool in your living room, someone looking to buy a nice, modern home in your neighborhood might not.
If resale value is important to you then try and choose improvements that will be more appealing to a general crowd and stay on trend. One of the more popular home remodeling trends of 2017 and moving forward is going to be accessible design (remember that word). This is the practice of designing your home around accessibility for everyone, no matter their age or mobility. Accessible design includes large open spaces, widened doorways, lots of natural light and easily accessible storage.
An accessible home is one that can be enjoyed by all and therefore will be much more appealing for resale.
#5. Failing To Get Proper Building Permits In Your County
There is absolutely no shortage of contractors willing to do work on your home without a permit or any oversight. Don’t do it! We can probably all agree that filing all the proper paperwork and cutting the red tape can be a pain in the rear but it’s absolutely necessary.
When a permit is pulled for a home remodeling project a city inspector is charged with inspecting the work during the rough-in phase and usually once again after everything is finished. These visits ensure that everything has been done to code and is safe for your family.
If your Maryland home remodeling project is being completed without any proper permits unless you know a lot about construction you won’t have any idea what is being done to your home. Getting caught doing large scale remodeling to your home without proper permits in place can lead to a stoppage of work and also very steep fines for you and your contractor. It’s just not worth it.
BC Improvements LLC Construction is a Home Remodeling Contractor Based Out Of Darlington, MD
BC Improvements LLC is a full-service general contractor based out of Darlington, MD and serving all of Harford County and the surrounding area. We specialize in all aspects of home construction and remodeling from building a new shop or garage on your property to remodeling your kitchen or building out that home addition you’ve wanted.
Like all of the great contractors in our service area we’re always booked in advance for our projects so if you’d like to receive an estimate for your upcoming home remodeling project please give us a call (410) 618-8531 and let’s get that project onto our rader! You can also fill out our contact form and someone will be getting right back to you shortly.