Home remodeling comes packed with tons of stress, whether you are living in the house during the remodel or not. To add to the pressure, surprises can keep cropping up at the least expected time, creating a nightmare. Between the excitement of a do-over and the considerable investment you are making, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Preparing for the unexpected will reduce the stress you need to deal with and give you an easier time. Here are some of the surprises you should prepare for.
1. Neglect on permits
Although you need to pay for permits, they don’t guarantee the work will be done well. Your contractor or your expertise in home projects do that. However, working without permits can land you in trouble. You risk professionals avoiding your project and paying fines on top of the expensive renovations purchase fees. Have a building inspector take care of this for you so you can move smoothly.
2. Exceeding your budget
Overspending is common when you are remodeling. While you may have budgeted for a new countertop and those stainless-steel appliances you’ve been coveting, it’s easy to overspend if your initial costs were too low. Sometimes, market rates change, and your budget can no longer cover the project.
Check the current market price on all the items you will need before you start shopping. This way, you are sure you are still within your budget. This includes ensuring you have transport sorted out. Check truck rentals online to know how much it will cost, and to book a truck at least a week or two out. Transport can quickly get out of hand, especially if you rely on your family’s SUV to pull through. The numerous trips you will need to make for supplies and the repairs waiting for you after remodeling costs can be salvage if you rent a truck.
3. You may not always agree with your partner
It’s exciting to create a home where you and your loved one will live, but the truth is, you won’t always agree. Renovations have a way of generating power struggles. In some instances, your spouse may speak for you, incorrectly assuming you will be ok with the decision. Keep an open mind and be ready to compromise with some choices.
4. Infrastructure damages
A brown patch may turn into rotten rafters, moldy roofs, or sheathing walls. You may find termites in your walls and floor joints if you have water damage. Asbestos, funny plumbing and wiring, and irregular framing are also common. If your remodel was a DIY, you might want to call a professional, especially if you find asbestos.
5. Your contractor may fail you
When states are as high as they are in renovations, it’s easy to have heated disagreements, even with your trusted professionals. Make it clear the results you are looking for at the beginning of the project, and be honest if you don’t like something. Ask questions, and have reasonable expectations.
Remodeling may not be the easiest time for you, but keeping the result in mind will help you remain positive, even when things get stressful.