Top 5 Home Renovation Mistakes To Avoid

It can be a huge undertaking to do home renovations. Not only are they a huge investment, you're also investing in your property. Heilman's Renovation understands this and when you're in the West Vancouver area they're here to help. They have experienced renovators that can assist you with your home renovation projects. Here are some renovation mistakes that you'll want to avoid:

Using Cheap Materials

Everyone's heard “you get what you pay for”. When you're doing a renovation, this is important to keep in mind. If you're using cheap materials, you're going to get a cheap renovation and the materials may wear out faster, look sub-par or worse, require repairs more frequently. Cheap products aren't reliable and they're not attractive to potential buyers. If you're going to do a home renovation, do it right and use the best possible materials that you can afford. It really pays off in the long run.

Demolishing Before You Have A Plan

Wait, stop! Before you begin ripping things out of your old kitchen or bathroom, be sure that you have a proper design plan in place. In many cases, you'll be able to keep some of the materials and either work around them or reuse them. If you start gutting and you don't have a plan, you may well regret it and find that you're in over your head. A good general contractor will help you to save as much as possible and reuse what you can.

Following Specific Trends

Unless you plan to remain in your home indefinitely, be cautious to not follow any specific trend. Remember the shag carpets of the 70s and the harvest gold and avocado color appliances? Those were trends and those are exactly what you want to avoid. Trends can date your home and they seldom last for long. You're better off going with a neutral plan and adding your own personalized touches to decorating than following a trend.

Not Having The Proper Permits

Typically, a building permit from the local municipality or the local utility will be required for renovations that may affect the health or the safety of those who reside in the home. A good example of this is structural changes, electrical changes, plumbing and gas line changes etc. Should you fail to secure such permits, and something go awry, it isn't going to be covered by your homeowner's insurance. You may also not get your full value at the time of resale if you don't have the proper permits for specific projects. When you hire a general contractor, they'll make sure that all of the proper permits are secured and that the project is up to code.

Hiring The Wrong General Contractor

Just about every homeowner has a horror story about hiring the wrong general contractor. They may have left the job unfinished, they may have overcharged and done a horrific job. Don't hire a fly-by-night contractor. Do the research and hire the professionals. Check their references and their licensing and bonds to ensure that they are operating a legal business.