5 Remodeling Myths Debunked
A few common misconceptions about remodeling…and the truth behind them.
There’s a lot of information on the internet or in neighborhood discussions about remodeling. Unfortunately, not all of that information is true. Many common misconceptions and myths have crept into conversations about remodeling and remodeling contractors. You might think that a remodeling project isn’t possible for you because of myths you might have heard, but you’d be surprised by the truth. Here are 5 of the myths we hear the most.
Remodeling Costs Too Much
It’s true that rarely is work done on your home cheap, and you probably wouldn’t want it if it were. Cheap rates usually means cheap quality. However, remodeling may be more within your financial reach than you realize, especially if the remodeling company offers financing. Get a few quotes from a few different contractors and figure out what works best for you — don’t just go with the cheapest contractor, but rather find a reasonable contractor and ask about financing.
DIY Remodeling Will Save You Money
Home improvement TV shows and YouTube tutorials have a habit of making remodeling look easy. Homeowners who decide to take on DIY projects soon find out that’s not the case. Without a trained professional on the job, there’s too much room for error, and those errors could be costly. You’re also not protected by a contractor’s insurance, so if you damage your property while doing the remodeling, you’ll have to cover the cost. At the end of the day, the expertise of a professional can actually save you money — and it can certainly save you peace of mind.
Contractors Can’t Be Trusted
We live in a society that’s constantly afraid of being ripped off, and certainly there are people in the world who will try to scam you. However, that’s not the smartest business practice for contractors. Any sensible remodeling contractor knows that their reputation is their livelihood. If they have a habit of ripping off their customers or doing shoddy work, the bad reviews will come pouring in, and so will the word-of-mouth warnings. You should always talk to a few different contractors to see who you’re most comfortable with and do your homework on the contractor you hire, but chances are they’re much better served by making sure you’re 100% satisfied.
Your Room Is Too Small To Be Remodeled
Some homeowners find themselves dissatisfied with their kitchens, bathrooms, and the like but worry they’re too small to be remodeled. Certainly, size can restrain the amount of work that can be done in the space — unless you have the ability to expand the space. However, you can still make updates or small remodeling changes that can completely change your perception of the room. Talk to your remodeling contractor about what you’d like to see in your small room, and you might be surprised by what they can do.
Remodeling Always Goes Over Budget and Past Deadline
You may have heard horror stories about long, drawn out remodeling jobs, whether it was unexpected disasters or simply tardy contractors. There are occasionally unexpected setbacks, but many contractors account for the unexpected when forming their plan. Good contractors also make a point of being punctual, because again, their reputation is their livelihood. In most cases, your job will be finished more or less on time and on budget, and if possible, under budget.
Don’t believe everything you hear about remodeling. Make sure you do your homework first. And if you have further questions, contact MBC Remodeling for more information.