If you’ve ever remodeled a house, you probably know how much of an investment it can be. If you’re planning a remodel, you have probably already started crunching numbers and calculating costs. And while remodels can certainly be done on a budget, there are a few instances when cutting corners in the interest of spending less could end up costing you more. These are lessons you probably don’t want to learn the hard way ,so here are five corners you should definitely not cut when remodeling a house.
If a remodel is in your future, you’ve likely contemplated how you could get by without hiring a professional contractor. If there is one thing you take away from this post, it should be this: always, always hire a professional and licensed contractor for large-scale remodels. Licensed contractors know which permits are needed and what is possible (and plausible) with your specific home remodel. If someone claims that they are a contractor and says that you don’t need a permit, know it as a red flag. Cutting corners with contractors can (and generally will) end up costing you more in the long-run.
2. Professional Design
Unless you are an interior designer, you will likely need to consult the expertise of a professional. The design of your remodel is about more than just the aesthetics, and professional designers usually know how different elements can come together to help a home flow better and function more efficiently.
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4. Permanent Fixtures
Some aspects of a remodel — like light fixtures, faucets, and hardware — can be easily upgraded in the future. Other more permanent fixtures are more difficult to replace. If you’re remodeling your bathroom, invest in a tub and shower that you won’t need to update anytime soon. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, choose countertops and backsplashes you won’t quickly tire of. And if you need to prioritize while you budget, splurge on the permanent, focal points of a space (and skimp on the decorative elements, since you can always add those later).
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