Renovating your home is not always an easy task. There are so many things to consider, and it’s hard to know where to start. With so many lies being told about the renovations process by both professionals and amateurs, you may be feeling a little lost. We’ve compiled five of the most common lies that have been told about house renovations to help clear up some confusion for you.
Lies You’ve Heard About House Renovations
House renovations are a great way to update your house, increase its value and make it feel like new or even better than new. They’re also possible nightmares that can cause you more stress than the time you shared with other people. Luckily, there’s no reason for you to be stressed out by home renovations. If you know what to expect ahead of time and arm yourself with some knowledge about how best to prepare yourself for each step along the way, then these little setbacks won’t seem so big in comparison. Just check out these 5 lies you’ve been told about house renovation.
1. It will only take a few weeks to complete.
People often make the mistake of thinking that a house renovation will be short and sweet, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Renovations can take months to complete depending on how extensive they are. Don’t expect your home back in just a few weeks. Instead, have realistic expectations about timelines so you don’t get stressed out over having to live somewhere else for an extended period.
2. My cousin’s friend recommended him, so he must be excellent.
Regardless of who recommends a contractor to you, they must do work for other people in the past. Speak with not just recent clients but ones from years before and see how durable their construction was. If all these references come back positive then maybe he is great at what he does. The worst stories of contractor fraud that some heard involved people who the homeowner knew only peripherally or considered to be friends. Find someone who’s not offering you a deal, but has proven themselves time and again by doing good work in your area.
3. During the renovation, I’ll be able to use my home as usual.
This may sound like a good idea but it’s not at all practical. During the renovation, you’ll probably have to go somewhere else or do something that will occupy your time. Homeowners can’t use their homes as usual during renovations because workers are constantly doing different jobs inside and outside of the home, which means there will be noise. You cannot live in an environment where there is constant construction going on around you unless it’s done overnight when you’re asleep. This also applies if someone lives above the main level since they won’t be able to use their living space either until everything below them has been completed first. If customers don’t plan properly ahead of time, they could end up being stuck at work with no place to sleep at night.
4. This remodeling project will stay within budget.
You should review the quote your contractor gives you as an estimate. While it’s not reasonable that the project will go over-budget, there are times when paying more than expected can make sense and is worth a small increase in cost for this sort of thing, say if he finds structural problems during work, those would need to be taken care before any remodeling could happen properly.
5. I’m capable of doing it on my own.
While you may know the basics of home renovation, it’s still a good idea to hire professionals. Professionals are more likely to complete your project efficiently, without compromising quality or timelines. Additionally, they have experience dealing with problems that can arise during renovations and are prepared for potential issues. You’ll also be able to rest easy knowing that any necessary permits will be obtained by the professional contractors themselves.
Whether you’re looking to undertake a major renovation or just need some minor repairs, we can help. Our team of experts is ready and waiting for your call so that they can answer any questions you have about the process. We’ll also be able to provide an estimate on how much it will cost and what tasks are involved to give you peace of mind as well as a sense of control over this life-changing project. A little bit more information from our perspective may make all the difference when it comes down to making those big decisions. Contact us today for more information on house renovations or even if you’d like some advice before putting together a plan with your limited knowledge.
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