Regardless of the size of the project, completing a home remodel almost never goes as smoothly as planned. From timeline issues and problems with contractors to budget concerns and material needs, there are a lot of things that can go wrong with a home remodeling project. To help you avoid stressing out, we’ve shared a list of tips from Anne Regan for Porch.com below. Good luck!
Not knowing where to begin
Not knowing where to begin can be stressful. You may have a lot of questions about permits, your home, or which contractor to choose. Regan acknowledges a new project can be overwhelming and recommends Porch’s concierge service, which gives homeowners a general scope of the project and connects them with experienced professionals in their area.
Not understanding how much everything will cost
Regan says that a lack of transparency about project costs or misunderstanding those costs can be extremely frustrating for homeowners. Therefore, a professional should stick to a homeowner’s budget and steer them away from expensive materials or labor. On the flip side, homeowners should ask for transparency and arrange weekly budget check-in meetings to “head off expenses and hear about issues right away.” Homeowners should also present their budget upfront and ask the professional if their budget fits the pro’s expectations for the project.
Not knowing how long the project will take
Regan says that homeowners should be aware that changing materials or design can lead to longer lead times and additional costs. Therefore, Regan recommends thinking through wish list items before the project begins so it’s not delayed or over budget. If homeowners don’t have a clear vision of the project, use a vision board or have a professional talk you through some options and provide samples. This should help alleviate some stress.
For the rest of Regan’s tips, click here to read her article in its entirety.