Investing in your home by remodeling or renovating is an excellent way to increase its value. However, a significant renovation project can quickly turn into a disaster, especially for those who are inexperienced. Let's take a look at four of the more common home renovation mistakes that homeowners make and how you can avoid them.
Mistake #1: Skipping The Permit Process
The first mistake you will want to avoid is undertaking any home renovation without the required permits. While some remodeling projects will not require a permit, others will. Regardless, it is more than worth taking the time to do your research to ensure you do not run afoul of the law. A visit to the city's website or a quick phone call is all you will need to find out if a permit is required and how much it will cost. We recently finished our Home in Richmond Hill New York where it needs major work and the permit alone took three months to obtain due to Covid 19. So be PREPARED.
Mistake #2: Being Afraid
If you're too afraid to turn your home into whatever's best for your family, it'll be a bad idea to start with. Avoid being trendy and opting for renovations that you've seen on television instead. Consider how you currently utilize your kitchen, bathroom, or other room you're renovating and improve it in ways that are more practical.
Mistake #3: Using Low-Quality Materials Or Labor
When it comes to contractors, bargain hiring is seldom a good idea. You want someone who will do high-quality work at a fair price. Furthermore, since you're investing in that contractor, it's only prudent to invest in high-quality materials throughout the project.
Also, don't be the kind of person who skips out on expenditures because something isn't apparent. Installing a bathroom membrane system is a good example. Yes, it's an additional expense that is primarily for the purpose of preventing mold from growing under your tiles. However, when compared to the larger investment you're making in upgrading your home,
Mistake #4: Changing Your Mind
As the old adage goes, "measure twice, cut once." It's almost certainly going to cost you to change your mind halfway through your renovation. Try to stick to the plan unless events force you to modify it.
The following are just a few of the errors that an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer may make. If you're considering doing a major renovation, please contact us first. Our real estate agent can tell you which renovations have added value and equity to nearby properties.