The Biggest Mistakes Homeowners Make When Remodeling and How to Avoid Them
1. NOT PLANNING YOUR BUDGET
The single biggest mistake homeowners make is refusing to set a budget or understate their budget, you are not negotiating cost at this stage of the process.
A professional will make sure they design your home to suite your lifestyle and budget. Contrary to popular belief, you will not pay more for a home just because you disclose a larger budget.
2. NOT PLANNING YOUR REMODELING TEAM
It may surprise you that over 80% of design never get built. The reason for this is simple, architect’s design major remodels that meet a consumer’s brief rather than their budget.
The solution to this problem is quite simple, involve your builder at the design stage.
3. NOT PLANNING YOUR DEADLINE
Do you have an immovable hard and fast deadline for handover? A professional builder will be able to provide a scheduled timeline once the initial design has been completed. This will enable you to visualize how long all the different processes such as construction drawings, engineering and quoting take.
4. NOT PLANNING YOUR LIVING SITUATION DURING THE CONSTRUCTION
Depending on the size and complexity of your remodel, you may have to partially or completely move out of your home for the construction work to take place. Discuss options with your builder and consider what is best for your family and situation.
5. NOT PLANNING YOUR SELECTIONS
While it may appear, there is no rush to decide on the color and style of your bathroom tiles before you sign a building contract, it’s important to realize every selection decision has the potential to delay your project. Making changes to your selections after signing a building contract can incur delays as new orders have to be placed and delivery times may impact the construction schedule.
BONUS - HOW TO FIND A SPECIALIST REMODELER BUILDER FOR YOU
Start by doing your initial research online. Narrow it down to a list of no more than 3 custom builders who specialize in major remodels. Whether it is Code built, LEED, Greenpoint Rated or Passive House CA.