As renovations and new additions to our homes can be excited, they can also become dreadful to deal with when things go sour. Mistakes homeowners have made in the past have led them to less enjoyable experiences and unmet house goals. A big no-no when you’re investing thousands and thousands into your home.


It is important to provide and gather the most accurate measurements and details possible. This is to ensure accurate pricing for the amount of material needed, not to mention any cutting or chopping required. Just imagine, accidentally noting the wrong square footage of material needed and down the road, you end up needing four times more and then all of a sudden your estimate is four times more than what you anticipated because units, measurements, and details were wrong. Save yourself some headaches and money by triple checking unit measurements and pricing.

The Cheapskate Contractor

It is said that the lowest bid never equals the greatest quality work. And while some of us may recognize that, it’s not in our best interest to work with contractors providing bids a lot lower than expected for a few interesting reasons to be aware of. One of these being that a job is a job to a contractor in a slow season, some bid jobs as low as possible just to have the job. You also never know how experienced or legitimate a contractor is until you ask or do research prior to.

The bid may be low but this can also be the low bidding contractor who likes to tack things on ending up a doubled up bid. Another risk factor in partnering with a low bidding contractor is idea that they tend to”cut-corners” and use low-quality products.

It is recommended to always acquire 3 bids (written) if possible with specific details. Always require the contractor to list exact hardware, costs, fees, insurances, design changes, warranty, and thorough notes.

A Low-balling Budget

Many times, contractors and subs will note on their estimates that the quote, “does not include unforeseen issues.” This can be problematic as a homeowner because you may run into additional work behind the walls or newly discovered areas that require attention and you may not be financially prepared. Contractors and specialists recommend homeowners to set aside an additional 15% of the total project for unexpected expenses to avoid financial strains and surprises.

Don’t Be Afraid, Just Don’t

Shy away from granite countertops, they’re outdated and a lot less durable than other picks. Try something more durable on material finishes and quality.

Also, if you’re renovating an older home don’t be afraid of taking a creative leap of faith and change the layout of your awkward bathroom into something more functional. Reconfigure it out!

No remodeling, renovating, and re-configuring project can ever be too complicated. Homeowner’s often step away from remodeling because they don’t know where to start, they don’t think it is possible or they don’t think they can afford it. Three out of three times there is a solution for those common road blocks. They usually need to start by making a phone call to get an idea of the process and get confirmation on the reality of the project specks. Affordability will remain an issue for many homeowners, luckily many contractors have worked their way up enough to offer and have their own financial options for their clients.

What You Don’t Need

The “I NEED Hardwood Floors,” myth has got to go. While hardwood floors may be nice for a while they’re not entirely family friendly. With kids and pets, the floor is bound for wear and tear. For busy houses, households are suggested to install single board laminate.

You also don’t need a total hippie mixed with rustic details themed kitchen. It’s totally you and it speaks to you but if you plan to resale your home good luck on finding a home buyer to match your home improvement groove. Ensure your kitchen matches your personality and some of your taste but also keep factors such as resale value, aesthetic blending, and purposeful functionality in mind when redesigning any interior space of your home. Bold and schematic designs are quick to be outdated.

While there are several aspects to be mindful of when remodeling and doing any type of home constructions, always remember to ask questions, request specific details, and doing your own research on materials and home improvement processes.