3 Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Remodeling a home can be either thrilling or incredibly stressful—often more stressful than initially purchasing the home. Whether considering a major bathroom or kitchen overhaul, adding an addition or designing a custom walk-in closet, a home remodeling project is a considerable undertaking.

While it’s not always possible to anticipate or avoid all the potential problems remodeling can unveil or cause, one thing is certain—none of them have to happen. Here are three of the most common remodeling mistakes to avoid.

Posted on: July 18, 2016

Poor or No Planning

A proper renovation takes preparation—and plenty of it. Drawing up detailed plan will help keep the project on budget and on time. Set out a very specific agreement with everyone involved before any work begins and get it all in writing. Knowing exactly how the remodeling project is going to play out before it even begins keeps your design and contracting teams in sync.

This was just one of our views into this remodeled whole home in University Park.
This was just one of our views into this remodeled whole home in University Park.

Choosing the Wrong Remodeling Team

The remodeling industry in the greater Dallas area is booming, and local homeowners are lucky to have access to some of the finest builders and remodelers in the world. It’s vital to find a remodeling firm that fits your personality and is open to communication. Look for a team willing to sit down with you, lay out and discuss your and their plans, write everything into a contract, and show you the breakdown of labor and materials before the work starts.

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Definitely take the time to vet subcontractors by asking for examples of previous work and a list of previous clients, but you should also talk to their subcontractors and suppliers. The vendors your remodeler does business with on a regular basis should possess the same levels of integrity, craftsmanship and professionalism.

When undergoing a large remodeling project, you want to be able to count on fewer surprises and changes, not more.

Creating an Unrealistic Budget

We will help you determine what a realistic range of investment is in the initial planning stages with our team.  We suggest including an extra 15 to 20-percent cushion in the overall budget will allow for any last-minute design changes you’d like to make or any forced by unforeseen circumstances.

Those surprises that do tend to pop up occasionally—even in newer homes. Hidden utility issues, accidental damage or even broken pipes will easily add extra expense to a remodeling project. While we can’t see into the future on every project, our proven design process helps eliminate uncertainty with your project after we start demolition.

Home Remodeling in the Dallas Area

We constantly strive for excellence in every job we do. We build and remodel homes that are innovative, reflecting the best elements of the past while boldly embracing the future. We will give you personal attention and consider your needs to ensure that the homes we build celebrate your uniqueness. Hatfield Builders & Remodelers has established a reputation for high levels of unparalleled quality, beauty, workmanship, and service excellence.

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