Common Myths About Home Remodeling

Jan 23, 2023 | Expert Insights: Home Remodeling And Design Tips

Are you ready to remodel your home? It’s a great opportunity to add value to your home and improve its functionality, comfort, and resale value. There are also some common myths that can prevent you from feeling confident getting started.

Let’s debunk the most common myths about home remodeling so you can start your project with confidence!

Myth 1: You have to plan for months.

When it comes to home remodeling, a common myth is that you have to plan for months. However, this isn’t always true. How much time depends on how ambitious your project is and how much work needs to be done.

While it’s important to do your research, there are many ways to get started without having all the details in place. You can start by talking with a contractor or interior designer about your goals for space and get their professional recommendations.

One thing to consider is hiring an experienced contractor to help with all aspects of the project (or who can take the entire project off your hands).

Myth 2: It’s all about the kitchen or bathroom

The second most common misconception about remodeling is that it’s all about the kitchen or bathroom. While these two rooms are the most popular projects, you shouldn’t forget about other areas of your home that could use an upgrade.

Other remodel projects include the basement, attic, exterior (front door), garage, and living room/dining room redesigns. These spaces can be neglected or unused if they aren’t functional – so remodeling them for enhanced livability is always a good idea.

Check out our gallery to view some of our past home remodeling projects.

Myth 3: It‘s best to remodel during a specific time of year.

Another common myth is that there is a specific season you should do your remodel. In reality, you can do a home remodel any time you want. The only factors that play into this decision are your budget and the weather at the time of year you want to do your project.

While it may seem most logical to take on home renovation projects when the weather is nice, there’s no right or wrong time of year for remodeling your home. Many experts say winter is a good time for renovations because contractors are less busy than they are in spring and summer – so you will find more competitive quotes for your project.

It all depends on your project and your schedule.

Myth 4: You can save money by DIY

While it’s true that you can save money by doing some of the work yourself, there are many other costs involved with home remodeling projects.

  • Do you really want to haul a bunch of heavy materials up and down your stairs?
  • Are you sure what color paint or wallpaper will look best in each room?
  • Do you have the proper training to do the remodel correctly?

Costly mistakes and time spent learning new skills are just two factors that could lead to an unexpected price tag.

If there’s one thing we know about home improvement projects is that they can often become much more complicated than anticipated. Hiring a professional is worth every penny, considering quality, experience, and training.

Myth 5: Remodeling projects always add value to your home.

Remodeling can indeed increase your home value. It’s one of the most popular reasons homeowners choose to remodel. However, if you’re thinking about investing in a major upgrade, it’s crucial to know how much money you’ll make back on your investment.

To determine whether or not remodeling will add value to your home:

  • Speak with an appraiser or real estate agent. They can help evaluate whether or not a project will increase your property’s worth and how much it will increase (a good rule of thumb is 5 percent).
  • You should also ask them for other factors to consider when determining how much equity you’ll get from a specific renovation project, like the cost of materials and labor compared with current market prices for similar homes in the same area.

Myth 6: You don’t need a building permit

You might think you can get away with skipping the permit process, but don’t. A building permit is required for most projects, including remodeling or renovation work. You’ll need one before you start any project that involves adding square footage to your home.

You will also need a building permit for any structural changes you make to your house, including adding rooms or additions like porches and decks.

At Bonsai builders – we’ll secure all the building permits for you. You don’t have to do a thing! Check out our streamlined home remodel process here.

Myth 7: You can save money by buying your own materials

Buying your own materials for a remodeling project can be a great way to save money, but it’s not always the best idea. Before purchasing supplies, check if you have the right tools and equipment.

If you’re not trained as a carpenter or electrician, chances are you’ll end up spending more than if someone else had done the work for you to get things done right.

Also, if something goes wrong, like receiving defective materials, it will be harder for them to be replaced than if they had been professionally installed.

Ready to start a project?

We hope we’ve dispelled some of the most common myths about home remodeling and that you have a better idea of how to proceed with your project!

Do you want expert help with your remodel? The team at Bonsai Builders is here to bring your dream spaces to life in the most beautiful way possible!

Contact us today to get started!

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