You might think that all home improvement is exactly that — an improvement. But in fact, there is a lot that can go wrong when remodeling your home. Home improvement mistakes can result in lost money or a decrease in property value. That’s why it’s so important to have a remodeling project planner. Depending on the type of project, that may be someone from our design team, a general contractor, or simply a blueprint you’ve created yourself. Either way, do your research before jumping into any home remodeling project, and be sure to avoid these common mistakes.
- Rushing a remodel.
Make a plan, compare prices, and really think about the changes you’re going to make before you begin. Remodeling your home is a big decision and not one that you want to take lightly. Whether you’re serving as the remodeling project planner or you decide to hire a professional, don’t rush the job!
Get detailed price quotes, interview a few different contractors, and order the samples. Don’t be afraid to pass up good for the potential of great.
- Setting the wrong budget.
A common mistake homeowners make when remodeling their home is setting the wrong budget. They either go too high or too low, resulting in overspending or compromise. You don’t want to accumulate debt because of your project or be forced to halt things midway because you run out of cash.
When setting your budget, start by determining what you can afford. How much money can you comfortably spend on this project? Then determine the cost. How much would you need to spend to complete this project?
If the total investment of this project is too high, try cutting some of the costs without compromising quality. Opting for ready to assemble cabinets over pre-assembled is one way. You can also DIY some of the more straightforward work, like installing the kitchen backsplash yourself.
- Changing direction midway.
One of the easiest ways to go over budget is to change your mind. That’s why it’s so important not to rush into things. You want to be 100% sure of your choices before moving forward with anything.
Aside from the cost of lost time and labor, returning or replacing materials can completely destroy your budget. Never hesitate spending a few extra dollars now to order different samples. Doing so could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the end.
When you take advantage of The RTA Store’s free design tool, you get a custom layout, photorealistic renderings, and an itemized list of what your project will cost, taking out all the unnecessary guesswork.
- Putting your wants over the reality of your neighborhood.
You deserve your dream home, but if your wants clash with the neighborhood you live in, it could hurt the value of your home.
When making any changes to the exterior of your home, keep the look and style of your neighborhood in mind. If your house becomes the accidental eyesore on the block, it may deter buyers should you decide to sell your home later on.
- Letting fashion trump function.
Having a beautiful home is an amazing thing, but it will all end in vain if you design a home that you can’t comfortably live in. When remodeling your home, be sure to weigh function with form. Avoid elements that are so fashion forward you’d be afraid or unable to enjoy them.
It is completely possible to have a home that is both aesthetically pleasing and super comfortable. Be sure to maintain balance, and avoid designing a living space that feels more like a museum and less like a home.
At The RTA Store we help make your dream home a reality with RTA (Ready To Assemble) and Pre-Assembled cabinets and accessories. Whether it’s your kitchen bathroom, laundry room, home office, bar room or TV room, we offer the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store, but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call and let us make your dreams come true with the help of our free room design tool!