Monday, April 1, 2013

Avoid These Three Top Remodeling Mistakes and Save Heartache

A One Minute Guide To Remodeling That Could Save you Thousands of Dollars

How many times have you built a house?  How many times have you added on a room or completely remodeled a kitchen or bathroom?  Maybe never before.  Maybe once.  Now you are going to spend $10,000, $25,000, $50,000 or even $100,000 or more on a project for which you have little or no experience.  

And the project you are doing is not easy by any stretch of the imagination.  You are dealing with skill sets that professionals in the building industry may have spent years in school to develop and even more years in apprenticeship positions.  Almost any remodeling project will include:
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Material selection
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Lighting
  • Flooring
  • Windows and treatments
  • Cabinetry 

 Most Homeowners That Are Unhappy with Their Remodel Have Made One of These Three Mistakes

  1. Mistake in the design: Did I tell you the one about my friend who built a 5000 square foot home with no maids quarters.  Or how about the one . . . Make sure that you have checked out the work of your contractor and asked for references.  If the project is very complicated, you should bring in a qualified architect with experience in your kind of build.
  2. Unscrupulous contractor: Unfortunately there are unlicensed contractors who may not provide the services they advertise, and may be scamming customers. We have heard too many horror stories of losses and damages due to substandard work or straight up money scams.  Even those who don't intentionally cost you money, may do so by lack of training or experience as a builder or a business person.  Check to see if your contractor is listed with the Dallas BBB.  Check out online reviews.  Find out through the state if his license and insurance is current.  See our article on how to choose a contractor.
  3. Budget Blowout: The old saw of remodeling is that it will take you twice as long as you planned and cost your twice as much as you budgeted.  This doesn't have to be true.  An experienced contractor should bring your project in on time and within budget.  You want to be able to trust that your contractor can give you an accurate estimate of the cost of your project, and deliver it at that cost.

Get the Peace of Mind You Deserve by Hiring a BBB Rated Licensed Contractor

If you've purchased a lot, and are ready to start building your beautiful new Dallas custom home, or if you are ready to start a kitchen, bath or room addition, it is time for you to select a contractor who has a reputation for great building and remodeling in Dallas. The importance of choosing the right contractor can not be overstated.

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  1. Whether you are constructing a new house or renovating the old one, plumbing and roofing is one of the most important aspects that should not be neglected. People often try to do plumbing repair work on their own in order to save few pennies, but there are some plumbing problems which cannot be solved at home. It is always advisable to take the help of professionals while doing remodeling task for your home. In your home construction everything should be perfect from plumbing to roofing and flooring. You should use reliable plumbing and roofing materials to increase the lifetime of your home. When I remodeled my home, I used South Coast Sales plumbing supplies and fiber roofing for my house. Using reliable tools and gears can actually save a huge amount of money on your future repair bills.

  2. Everyone should be taking care of these to avoid commiting these mistakes. Thanks for this helpful article.

  3. These remodelling mistakes are really very practical and needs to be avoided by everyone. Thanks for elaborating.

  4. Thanks for sharing an informative post on mistakes that should be avoided while remodeling your homes.