Common Home Remodeling Issues And How To Avoid Them.

4 Issues You Might Face While Remodeling Your Home

Remodeling your home can be fun and exciting. When it’s all said and done, you’ll have a better, updated living space that you can’t wait to come home to. Unfortunately, remodeling a home is also time-consuming, expensive, and wrought with delays caused by unforeseen circumstances. Below, we cover four of the most common issues you might face while remodeling your home.

1. Underestimating The Expense

Underestimating the expense of a project is probably the most common issue homeowners face when remodeling their homes. Regardless of the project, updating and/or repairing anything inside a home can get expensive. It’s important to get an accurate estimate from your contractor before any work begins so you know exactly what to expect. 

Having at least a 20 percent buffer above the total cost estimate ensures you can comfortably afford any cost discrepancies, and making sure your contractor doesn’t give you a low estimate just to win the bid are the best ways to avoid this pitfall of remodeling.

2. Failing To Understand The Process

Many first-time home remodelers run into this issue. Being excited about the remodel or just not being familiar with the process often leaves homeowners with unrealistic expectations. Before any work begins, it’s best to sit down with your contractor and go over every aspect of the project. Discuss cost, timelines, materials, and scheduling so you know what to expect and when to expect it. Be sure to keep in mind that delays can and do happen, and it’s how you and your contractor handles them that makes all the difference.

3. Miscommunication With Your Contractor

Miscommunications and lack of communication happen all the time, but when it’s between you and your contractor, your remodel project suffers. If you and your contractor aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on something, take a step back, evaluate your own behavior, and address the situation as need be. If the fault lies with your contractor, you can choose a different contractor for the job if the work hasn’t progressed too far. However, if the project is halfway complete or more, it’s best to try to resolve the issue so work can continue.

4. Project Delays

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your home remodeling project experiences delays. One of the most common reasons delays happen is waiting for materials to arrive. Homeowners who choose popular, specialty, and high-end materials usually experience the most delays. 

Rather than get mad and take it out on your contractor (who usually has no control over these things), discuss the delay with him. He is the expert, and he might have other suppliers to contact or alternate suggestions that will keep the project running on time. 

People remodel their homes all the time, and watching the project unfold is usually fun and exciting. Sometimes, however, a remodeling project runs into snags that can delay its progress, resulting in unhappy homeowners and frustrated contractors. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can help eliminate some of the potential problems. Having read the above four, most common issues you might face while remodeling your home will prepare you for your next home remodel project.