How to Make Your Home Improvement Hassle-Free

How to Make Your Home Improvement Hassle-Free

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Many experts attribute problematic remodeling projects to poor planning and delays. However, there may be other reasons accounting for these knotty situations. If care, attention, and reasonable considerations were made before, during, and after a home improvement or remodeling project, there might be no need to do a repeat under five years. Ideally, home remodeling can be done every 15 – 20 years on the condition that the house has no major defects. If you have remodeled your home several times in the last eight years, something may be wrong. And you may be overlooking any of these factors that make things more difficult.

Understand your limits

The first step to a hassle-free home remodeling project is knowing your limits. From financial to design limits and everything in between, there is a reason experts like Mr. Handyman of Wichita ask homeowners to pay attention to this. Knowing your limits is an opportunity to stay within the figurative boundaries required for a project like that. The fear is that going overboard with the budget and design can stall the entire project. With a delay in timelines, there is a high risk of paying more for building materials and labor. According to statistics, five out of eight homeowners exceed the initial budget for their remodeling projects. This happens because they under-budgeted or failed to raise enough funds. Things can quickly spiral out of control when you don’t have enough funds for home remodeling. 

To prevent this, it is recommended to speak with the contractor before work begins. Your discussion will provide a clearer picture of what you do and how much it will cost. To enjoy a hassle-free remodeling project, it would also be best to ask for bids from different remodeling contractors. This helps in your financial planning. According to a report, 63% of the time, homeowners change the initial remodeling design already discussed with the contractor. This often throws the building process out of order. The design for a remodel goes through stages during construction. Therefore, altering it midway means going back to the drawing board to change the basics. And that is too much work for all parties involved. For this reason, it is advisable to be certain about the design first.

Rely on expert help for critical installation measurements 

Have you ever measured something prior to cutting, only to realize that it is a few inches off? This is a constant problem with cabinet, countertop, and door installations during remodeling projects. It is also very common when replacing windows. To avoid the frustrations of inaccurate measurements, you can Google search for ‘window replacement near me’ to see the various experts available.

You also should look out for a faulty roof. Water damage can potentially weaken the structural integrity of your home and even lead to roofing collapses if you don’t get experts to carry out routine inspections and maintenance on your roof. Missing, dented, or curled shingles are major signs that repairs can’t be avoided. However, the cost will depend on what type of sheets your home has. For instance, if you want to replace or repair your asphalt roof, for instance, you can use an asphalt shingle roofing cost calculator to estimate your roofing project’s cost and get a professional roofing company to do the job on a budget.

Some replacement companies will send a team to inspect and measure the areas requiring their expertise. Critical installations significantly impact the overall outcome of your remodeling project. Moreover, due to the increased risk of getting the dimensions wrong, you cannot underestimate the burden a professional takes off you. Conduct proper research to ensure you’re getting the best person for the job to prevent future problems.

Allow wiggle room for delays

Delays are common in most home remodeling projects. This may be due to internal or external influences like inadequate funding and market factors. For example, the rising cost of building materials on the market is an external influence you will have no control over. Extreme weather conditions can also cause delays. Allowing ample wiggle room for such delays can reduce the pressure associated with home remodeling deadlines. Renovation experts say extending the original timeline by one month to take care of unforeseen events is best.

Weigh the pros and cons of moving out temporarily 

If you are embarking on a full-house remodeling project, it makes sense to move out until it is completed. There will be no place to keep your personal and valuable items when dust and debris are everywhere. However, if it’s not large scale and the focus is only on another part of the house you live in, you may have to weigh the benefits of continuing to stay or temporarily moving out.

Staying in the house while remodeling is going on will depend on the enormity of the work. Some people opt for an on-site storage container. That way, all their valuables are secured in one place. Indeed, this is a decision best taken by the homeowner in consultation with the remodeling contractor.

With these tips, you can reduce the pressures associated with home remodeling projects. It would be best to start by focusing on the things you can control.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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