Six Home Renovation and Remodel Myths!


Home renovation is not something one does every day. In fact, many people do not understand the ins and outs of home renovation and remodeling many are apprehensive about tackling the projects themselves or hiring a professional for fear of being ripped off. There are just too many renovation myths out there that it just creates unrealistic expectations.

It’s time to debunk some of those myths and start gaining “remodeling wisdom”.

Renovation Myth #1: Doing a DIY renovation, hiring an unemployed relative or your local handyman to do the job will save you more money.

Home renovation is not as simple as replacing worn out carpets or replacing torn wallpapers. Using trusted professional can actually save time and money. A professional contractor will provide you with a written estimate of the project, a calendar of events, so you know what to expect and when and will pro-actively communicate with you through the process.

Renovation Myth #2: Most projects run longer and costlier in the end.

True, some renovation projects may go beyond the projected budget range and time frame but that would only happen without proper planning, research and setting of goals. Determine your financial limits before anything else. From there, you can start researching about costs of materials you want, the extent of renovation and the service providers to do the job. As soon as you hire a professional, discuss your budget and time frame. Depending on the age of the home, you may want to have a contingency fund available for unexpected issues.  Even the best contractor can’t determine if you have a mold issue inside the walls or if your wiring and plumbing meets the current code, until they start they dig into the project. Those are real issues that must be addressed. A reputable contractor will not make short cots to avoid adhering to the building code, they will do it right or not at all.

Renovation Myth #3: Home renovations will trash the whole house as well as the yard.

One aspect to consider when hiring contractors is how they do the after-cleaning and site maintenance. As professional renovators, they will understand how work within a limited space. Depending on the scope of work, many families remain in their home during the remodeling process. A reputable contractor will clean up each day and maintain a living space for you. Always check your construction calendar and discuss concerns with your contractor if you are worried about the days when the water or power might need to be off for construction.

Renovation Myth #4: A contractor and interior designer are both needed to do a remodel.

It actually depends on what needs to be done and what you want to be done. For instance, you may want to include an interior designer for interior space planning, simple addition of fixtures or change in color themes. Contractors on the other hand deal more with complex building design, making sure beams would not sag and floors would not bounce. A professional contractor may provide design consulting and if they are reputable will know when they need to bring in a professional interior designer to provide the customer with the ultimate result.

Renovation Myth #5: A permit is not needed when renovating.

You may need permits and/or HOA approval before any construction begins. A professional contractor will take care of these items for you. Some renovations that require permit include adding or demolishing a part of a building, new / altered plumbing and heating systems, creating new openings and changing window and door size. Typical projects that do not require a permit include painting and decorating, new flooring, carpet installation and simple addition of kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

Renovation Myth #6: Interior renovations do not need the approval of the HOA

It always suggested that any renovation plans must be pre-approved by the HMO in order to prevent any delays in the project. There are many instances when the project had to be put on hold because some components of the project were disapproved by the HOA. It is also important to explain the products used clearly because a vague explanation would result to disapproval especially if the HOA has not heard of it and does not realize the benefits that come with it.

Do you have questions about adding an entertainment wall to your living room, or maybe upgrading your kitchen is on your mind.  Would you like a room addition or adding a casita on your property? No matter what the remodeling project the team at Todd Whittaker Drywall, Inc. is ready to help you. Schedule your free estimate or call us  at 623.544.1211 today!