Avoid Home Remodeling Mistakes

Remodel Licenses

Licenses & Permits

Homeowners attempt many home remodeling projects every year. Some of them are simple, do-it-yourself type projects others require (or should require) hiring a contractor to complete them. There can be any number of improvements homeowners want to make to their house from building a backyard deck, laying tile in the bathroom, or completely renovating the kitchen or laundry room. There are many common blunders that NJ homeowners make when they are remodeling their homes. Here are the main mistakes that are unfortunately happening all too often.

Not Hiring a Contractor for Bigger Projects

There are certain remodeling projects that should not be attempted by the homeowner unless they have adequate experience. Things like remodeling the kitchen or bathroom, or building a new deck or an addition are better contracted out with an experienced professional. Otherwise you may get halfway into the project, and make an irreversible mistake which can end up costing you double in the end because you’ll have to hire the contractor to fix what you broke, then hire him to do the job right.

Hiring the Cheapest Contractor you can Find

The rule of thumb on hiring contractors for home remodeling projects is to get at least 3 bids. But it is not always the best to go with the lowest bid just to save money. There are other things to be considered that are just as important, and perhaps more important than just saving money. A reputable contractor can provide you with references which prove his level of experience; and proof of being registered and/or licensed according to the requirements in your state. Hiring the cheapest contractor may mean having to hire a second one who can repair or complete what the other did wrong or left undone.

Failure to Get the Proper Permits

It is very important to check about what types of permits might be required in your area. It is likely that there are no permits required for smaller home remodeling projects but things like adding a room or a story in Atlanta may require that you obtain a permit. If you do not build the new sections of the home to the regional codes then you may end up paying a lot extra in fines and fees depending on the city. And if it is not done to code it is likely that you will have to completely redo the project so that it is up to code standards. Always discuss what types of permits are required with your city’s Buildings Office before beginning any large remodeling projects.

Making Inaccurate Measurements

Obtaining the right measurements is essential for getting the right pricing as well as purchasing the right amount of materials. Measuring a square room is not generally the problem but complicated rooms like the kitchen can be a nightmare. Things like measuring windows seems like it would be a simple process, but because of the edges and ridges it can also be tricky. It is best to measure everything at least 3 or 4 times to ensure the right measurements are recorded.

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