remodel house tipsA home remodel project can take one weekend or several months to complete. Many homeowners hire contractors to create a unique addition to the house or rip out an outdated kitchen. Before you start a remodeling project, you must research contractors and the overall concept. Common mistakes that occur when starting a project can cost you thousands of dollars and many headache-filled days.

Forgetting The Permits:

Each city has a specific coding set for residential structures. You must have your project idea approved by the city before any work can begin. If you start and complete a project without a permit, fines and fees add up against your home. An addition, for example, that is not approved is technically not part of the structure. As a result, your home does not reflect the added value of the room in the real estate world.

Insisting On Cheap Materials:

Although inexpensive materials do not automatically mean poor quality, some items you need to splurge on. For example, kitchen cabinets will be used on a daily basis. You do not want thin plywood covering the doors. They will eventually break and crack. Select quality materials to make the installation process faster. By insisting on cheap materials, you may be asking for a higher labor rate because the materials are more difficult to position properly in the home.

Ask And Verify Insurance:

Any contractor can wave an insurance policy in front of you, but it could be expired. You must choose a contractor that is properly insured. If a worker is injured on your property and no insurance is in place, you are liable for medical expenses and care. Ask for a copy of the contractors insurance policy and call the company. Verify that the contractor is in good standing with the insurance company before any work begins.

Ask Friends For Recommendations:

Friends and family give you a good idea about a contractor’s work ethic. Ask for referrals and who to avoid. Word of mouth is still a powerful tool to find a quality contractor.

Get It All In Writing:

Once you decide on a contractor, ask the company to put all the materials and labor into a written contract. This contract should include a cap on pricing to avoid excessive charges in the event of project issues. Do not sign the contract until you read all the fine print.

Verify The Contractor’s Power Source:

Contractors need to run power tools almost all day long. Check that they have their own power source, such as a generator. You do not want them plugging into your electricity. Your bill will skyrocket because power tools pull a lot of power.

Always Have A Plan B:

Don’t start a home remodeling project without a backup plan. If you are renovating a bathroom, for example, have another bathroom open for you and your family. You cannot possibly shower in a bathroom under construction for several weeks.

A home remodeling project is a stressful period for the entire family, but you can make the process smoother with preparation and research. Talk with the contractor before and during the project. Ask for progress reports and about any issues that arise. Being well-informed allows you to see the finished project approaching and allowing the workers to complete their individual jobs. Step back and enjoy your newly finished project.