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For those who are considering getting some home renovation or remodeling done, minimize the headaches that any home improvement project entails. We have listed below some valuable lessons we’ve learned from experts and homeowners alike. 

5 Lessons We’ve Learned From Home Remodeling Projects

  1. Things won’t always go as planned. 

This is pretty much a universal rule with anything in life. No matter how much you plan, some things are bound to go wrong. 

If you ask anyone who has ever built a house or at least worked on a renovation, they have their own horror stories to tell. Some worse than others. It will cause you some stress, a few disappointments, and several unplanned expenses. The important thing is you learn how to manage your expectations and draw contingency plans with your general contractor in case some things don’t work out. 

  1. Be prepared to stand your ground. 

One thing you will encounter if you outsource your designer is some creative differences. While they only have the best of intentions whenever they make suggestions, sometimes their ideas just won’t agree with your vision and style. 

They might have a different idea for your window installation or your roof shingles. It’s alright. Hear them out first and listen to what they have to say. If you’re open to it, then great. If not, just thank them and tell them politely that you really have your heart set on what you want. 

The same thing goes with the quality of construction. If things don’t sit well with you, you can make certain demands to improve the quality of work.

Don’t be afraid to make a stand. After all, it’s your hard-earned money you’re spending. 

  1. Only give the full payment once you’re completely satisfied with the outcome. 

As mentioned above, your satisfaction makes all the difference in a remodeling project. Of course, it does not give you any excuse to be a horrible and mean human being to your contractors and their people. 

Most contractors only require a certain amount of downpayment to start a project. More often than not, contractors are willing to negotiate downpayment terms. But anywhere beyond 50% should raise some red flags. 

Only give the remainder of the agreed-upon amount once the project is completed and you’re fully satisfied with the outcome. If there are still some things that don’t meet your standard, you can always withhold the full payment first until they have rectified the situation. 

  1. Give careful thought and planning to every aspect of the project. 

A home renovation is not one to be taken lightly. It will cause you not just a big amount of money but also be a source of stress and temporary inconvenience at the home front. 

Make sure to plan everything carefully and thoughtfully. Consult with a contractor and work out the details for each aspect of the project. It will help you manage not just your stress levels but also your expectations about the project. Set realistic goals and do your best to stick to it while remaining adaptable to certain bumps in the road. 

  1. It is good to keep prefab options in mind. 

If your home improvement project has to do with an additional cabin or shed, consider looking at prefabricated options. These will not only cost you less but they are also easier and faster to build. Most prefab sheds and cabanas don’t need any approval from the city so that paired with ease of installation makes for an inexpensive renovation project. 

When done right, a home renovation or remodeling is a great investment that adds value to your property and gives you pleasure and satisfaction as a homeowner. Be wise with your decisions and learn to set and manage expectations for everyone involved. 

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