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Six Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Remodeling your home can be an exciting process. Coordinating with the professionals to pick out colors and materials for an updated kitchen or bathroom can be a fun experience, if not a bit stressful. However, there are a number of things to keep in mind when undertaking such a project. Let’s discuss some common mistakes people make when renovating and what you can do instead.

  1. Don’t hire the first contractor you find. Interview multiple contractors so you can get a feel for what it will be like to work with them. It’s important that you click with your contractor. It’s likely that you will be communicating and working with them for an extended period of time.

  2. Don’t underestimate the budget. Home renovations often cost more than expected. Set aside extra money for unexpected problems and costs. It’s smart to add an additional 10 to 20 percent to the initial estimate.

  3. Don’t assume everything will go smoothly. As they say, “Hope for the best; prepare for the worst.” You never know what is hiding behind the walls or under the floors. Expect the unexpected. A remodeling project often costs more and takes longer than estimated.

  4. Don’t DIY things that should be left to the professionals. Things like electrical, plumbing, and roofing require a certain skillset or license. If not done properly it can cause bigger issues that can be costly. Get it done right the first time by hiring a professional.

  5. Don’t buy cheap materials. Be strategic about what you spend your money on. Invest in things like high-quality cabinets and hardwood flooring. Focus on the room you use the most and spend more on the focal points (like the fireplace).

  6. Don’t blindly follow trends. They come and go and what was once trendy will become outdated. Opt for classic, timeless designs that will stand the test of time. Ask yourself, “What will still look good ten years from now?”


At DSM Construction, we know that renovation projects can be exciting to overwhelming and everything in between. However, we can help you avoid these common mistakes and bring you peace of mind. Contact us today so we can create your dream home that you’ve always envisioned.

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