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Renovation Mistakes You Should Avoid

You must have seen countless home improvement shows showing you how easy it is to renovate your home in Kansas City. But asking experts such as Total Home Remodeling to remodel your basement or give your kitchen a makeover is not as easy as you think. Actual homeowners who were inspired by these shows have made several mistakes that cost them an expensive redo.

Here are some common mistakes that most homeowners commit when trying to be a renovation pro. Avoid these things to make sure your home doesn’t fall victim to your ambitious experiment.

Speedy renovation

A well-crafted renovation project takes time. It’s not possible to remodel your entire house in one week. Remodeling involves careful and thorough planning, assembling the right renovation team, and working through the unexpected.

Homeowners usually experience stress because they are too eager to finish the project and set hard deadlines. Most of them, especially first-timers, think that everything will go as planned and ignore the possibility of delays. But finding the right contractor, planning the whole renovation, ordering materials, and completing the job would require a flexible and patient schedule.

The best contractors are always busy. You don’t expect them to start your renovation project the moment you dial their numbers and tell them about your remodeling project. If you rush, you will settle for available contractors. For the most part, those who are available on quick notice are not excellent pros.

Homeowners who are too excited to finish their reno projects fail to anticipate unforeseen events. But construction and renovation involve late deliveries, back order materials, and different issues on shipment. So if you are planning to have your kitchen renovated for the holidays, remember to chill out. Renovating your house is not a miracle. It needs time. A lot of time.

Focusing on appearance

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The goal of your remodeling project is to give a new and fresh look to your home. But, it should not be your only priority. Most homeowners are tempted to skip repairs of hidden parts like substructure of tiles and damaged pipes. However, neglecting these necessary repairs will lead to tile damage, water leakage, and mold contamination in the future. It means that you have to tear up your renovations to access them and fix the damages later.

Many homeowners are also lured by the low prices of low-quality materials only to regret their purchase decision. Cheap materials don’t last, and some of them are hazardous. Being frugal does not only mean saving dollars; it means wise spending. It makes sense to spend more on quality materials that are tested to last longer and would not compromise your safety.

DIY renovation

Youtube offers thousands of DIY renovation tutorials, and some homeowners mistake these videos as actual training. But their bold experiment often results in expensive and dangerous errors. Without technical expertise, knowledge of local building codes, and ample practice, a DIY renovation will not only cost you more, but it will be a safety hazard.

Renovation is not an instant and a cheap venture. Avoid going DIY if you’re not a pro, always choose quality, and don’t rush.

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