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5 Renovation Mistakes You Can Avoid by Hiring a Contractor for Your Next Project

May 17, 2023

Many believe the most important decision you'll make during a home renovation relates to your project's design, material selection, or overall aesthetics. But the most important decision starts before you even reach this point. It's the decision to complete the project by working with contractors or going the DIY route.

Unfortunately, nowadays, with YouTube and blog posts, many homeowners believe that completing a renovation project is easier than it is. This has led many to think they can complete their project themselves at a cost-effective price. However, without the proper tools, processes and overall knowledge, "DIYing" a renovation can result in many mistakes and multiple issues along the way, potentially costing more money in the long run.

Are you preparing for your next renovation? Take a moment to look at and understand the mistakes that can be avoided by choosing to work with a contractor instead.

1. Underestimating the scope of the project

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when embarking on a home renovation project is underestimating the project's scope. Without proper planning and execution, a small renovation can quickly spiral out of control, resulting in costly mistakes and delays. 

A professional contractor can help you assess the scope of your project and provide you with a detailed plan of action, cost analysis, and schedule. This will help you avoid costly surprises down the road and ensure that your project is completed on time and within budget.

2. Cutting corners to save money

Another common mistake homeowners can make is cutting corners or selecting the more "cost-effective" option or material as a way to save money during their projects. While it may seem like a good idea to budget on certain aspects of your renovation project, such as using lower-quality materials or forgoing any necessary permits, it can cost you more in the long run. 

To ensure that your project is completed using the best materials, processes and practices, it is best that you work with a contractor. Working with a professional team can also help you navigate the permit process, ensuring that your project is up to code and in compliance with local regulations, and can help you determine the materials and items that you should and should not budget on.

3. Overlooking safety concerns

Home renovation projects can be dangerous, mainly if you are not familiar with the tools and techniques involved or the necessary processes needed to complete a task. Overlooking safety concerns can result in serious injuries or damage to yourself, your family and your property. 

By hiring a contractor, you can ensure that your renovation project is completed safely and securely. In addition, any potential safety hazards can be addressed from the onset, allowing the necessary steps to be taken to fix them.

4. Ignoring the importance of proper ventilation

Proper ventilation is essential in any renovation project, particularly if you are working in areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. Ignoring the importance of proper ventilation can result in moisture buildup, which can lead to mould and other health hazards. 

At Generation Construction, we stress to all of our clients the importance of ventilation and ensuring that bathroom and kitchen projects are completed correctly right from the onset. This not only allows your renovation to last longer but also helps prevent any expensive problems from arising in the future.

5. Failing to consider long-term maintenance

Finally, failing to consider long-term maintenance can result in costly repairs down the road, which is why working with a contractor can prove to be so beneficial. Not only can the professionals help you to select materials and products that are durable and easy to maintain, but they can also provide you with tips and advice on how to properly maintain your renovation project, ensuring that it lasts for years to come.

It may seem like installing a new floor or updating your bathroom can be an easy and seamless DIY project. However, if you are new to renovating, there are many unknowns that can result in an overbudget project that takes twice as long to complete. 

Working with a contractor team can ensure your project is completed on time, within budget, and, most importantly, safely and correctly. This will save you time, money, and energy in the long run and provide you with the renovation you've been hoping for. If you're ready to renovate your home, we can help! Contact us today to learn more.

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