Turning your home from an expired set of walls to your dream castle is the big project you’ve been waiting for - but if you make a few certain mistakes, making your dream castle could turn into a real nightmare.
As top contractors in Dallas, Texas, we’ve been keeping busy with home builds and renovations. We love helping you bring your vision to life, with as little stress as possible. We’ve also learned that while people love doing things themselves, some things are best left to the pros. Because when projects go wrong, we’re the ones fixing it. So whether you’re hiring someone to do the work for you, or you’re doing it yourself, here some important, nightmare saving tips to help your home renovation process go as smoothly as possible.
First of all, you want to make sure you have all the needed permits. Cities and counties have very specific laws that require permits you may not have even thought of, even with the simplest little jobs you want to do yourself. So, play it safe and just assume you'll need either a city or county permit before starting your remodeling project. There may be a fee, and you'll likely wait a few weeks before getting a response, so make sure to work those costs and waiting periods into your costs and action plan. It may be easy to want to sneak past that permit, but that could cause bigger problems later on, when it's time to sell your home. So make it a priority to just do the process right!
Keep the future in mind and think of the resale value your home will have in the future. Even if you’re thinking of staying forever or of having a special home design that speaks of your individuality and taste, a wise homeowner takes care that his projects are smart and add value to your home. If you pour your money into less important remodeling projects, you likely won't see much of a return on your investment, especially if what you've done turns your home into the highest priced property on the block. Consider modernized bathrooms and showers, trending open floor plans and water conserving landscapes around the front and back yards.
This piece of advice is purely practical but oh so vital. Do not mix your measurements. You know that old adage that states, "measure twice, cut once?" Well, here's where it's truth rings the loudest. When you are dealing with the square footage of a floor to the size of a fixture - you can't be off at all. If you are off by even the smallest amount, you'll not only lose time, but it can drive your costs through the roof... (maybe even literally!) So to be sure to get it right, check the detailed instructions either online or print. You can talk to the people at your hardware store for further assistance if you're finding all of this to be a true challenge. But what's the best option? Hire a professional contractor. This is their expertise, right? You be the visionary. Let the experts make your dream come true.
Lastly, take your time. I know it’s an exhausting process but it’s worth doing it right. When you go slow, you do it right. It's common to underestimate the costs, time, difficulties and setbacks that can accompany even the smallest of projects. The more you prepare for the potential for these mistakes to occur, the more less painful shock will be if and when they do show up. This is also a good time to check in with your insurance company to see whether or not your policy will change or if additional coverage is needed either during or after the renovation.
Here at Unique Home Building, we know how badly you want your home to start feeling like your own. But take our word for it. Go slow and get help where you need it. You and your dream home, is worth it.