January 27, 2023, Concord, CA – Home remodeling projects can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a lot of work and a big investment. That’s why it’s important to take your time with the planning process, so you can make sure you’re taking all the right steps to ensure your remodeling project goes smoothly.
But even if you plan everything out perfectly, there are still some common errors that tend to crop up when people are remodeling their homes. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when they’re renovating their homes—and how to avoid them!
Using Cheap Materials and Hiring Cheap Contractors
One of the most common mistakes people make when they remodel their homes is to use cheap materials and hire cheap contractors. People often think they are getting a good deal by going with a cheaper option, but what they don’t realize is that even if it seems like a good deal up front, it’s not worth it in the long run.
For example, we recently worked with one of our clients who wanted to use cheap materials for his home but eventually agreed with us on using slightly pricy materials for quality construction. He ended up saving money in the long run because his home was built more solidly and lasted longer than he expected it would.
Another common mistake is hiring contractors who only care about making money and not about delivering quality workmanship. This results in shoddy work that needs to be redone down the road, which can cost you more money than if you had just hired someone who cares about doing things right in the first place.
Too Much Personality When Remodeling
When you’re planning to sell your house, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of renovating and updating. But if you’re planning on selling in the near future, it’s better to err on the side of subtlety.
At Golden Heights Remodeling INC, we believe that when you are remodeling your home, you shouldn’t make changes that will make potential buyers think, “oh no”.
We’ve seen lots of examples of people who have done just that—they’ve gone overboard with their remodeling efforts and ended up with a house that looks like a bomb went off in it! All sorts of things can go wrong when you plan to sell your house. You might overspend on fixtures or finishes; you could end up with too many colors; or you could choose materials that don’t age well or won’t hold up well over time.
But there’s another factor at play here. Potential buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living there. When they walk through your doors for the first time, they should feel like they could really see themselves living there—that’s what will make them want to buy it from you! So when making changes during renovation projects, remember, less is more.
Not Getting a Building Permit
Building permits are one of the most important things to consider when remodeling your home. They ensure that your home is safe and up to code, which is something that lenders and appraisers will want to see. If you don’t have all of the necessary paperwork in order before you begin, they may not approve your loan or believe that your house has the value you say it does.
If you’re planning on doing any work on your own or hiring a contractor to help with some of the more complex projects, make sure you apply for building permits before starting any work!
Think twice before turning rooms into one. When you’re remodeling a room, it’s tempting to combine two rooms into one, but that’s not always the best choice.
Our previous client wanted to combine two rooms into one large room for their family but later regretted it. Even a small room can add value to your home.
Substandard Energy Efficiency
Don’t skimp on the energy efficiency of your windows and doors. If you use old-fashioned wooden windows, they’ll leak heat in winter and let it out in summer. If you use fiberglass or vinyl double-paned windows with low-emissivity coatings and argon gas filling, they’ll be much more efficient—and save you a ton of money on heating and cooling bills.
And don’t forget about insulation! Make sure your walls are insulated with something like spray foam or cellulose insulation instead of just drywall so that you don’t have to heat or cool them as much. This will also help keep noise from outside at bay so that you can enjoy peace and quiet inside!
Hiring Inexperienced or Unqualified Home Remodelers
The worst thing you can do when hiring a home remodeler is to hire an unknown or substandard home renovator. You might be tempted to save money by using the lowest bidder, but this often leads to poor workmanship and wasted time and money.
The best way to avoid these issues is to do your research before hiring anyone else. Look for someone who has been in business for at least five years and has a good reputation in the community. Ask for references from people who have used them before. Make sure that they are licensed and insured so that you have peace of mind if anything goes wrong during the renovation process.
Choose Golden Heights Remodeling INC
Remodeling your home is a great way to add value, but only if it’s done right. If you avoid the common mistakes we listed above and choose an experienced remodeling company like Golden Heights Remodeling INC, you’ll be sure to get the best results for your investment. We use high-quality materials and our years of experience will ensure that your home looks its best. Contact us today to get started on your next project!