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Top 8 Mistakes Remodelers Make

Whether you're remodeling your entire home or a single room, there are a few things you'll want to cover to ensure that the process goes smoothly. Avoid the following common mistakes, and you should be good to go!

First off, you need to know what you're capable of and do yourself versus what you will need to hire someone else to do. Improper construction can lead to costly issues or to a remodel that doesn't look as you had hoped.

Many remodelers make the mistake of holding back on fulfilling their vision for a variety of reasons. Because remodeling is such a large undertaking, you want to make sure that you're getting out of it all that you put into it.

You also need to fully understand building codes (or work with someone who knows). You might finish a remodel and then find out the plumbing is incorrect or that you've used a paint color unapproved by your HOA. 

Regardless of the extent of your remodel, you should set an accurate budget at the very beginning and get an idea of what you can and can't accomplish and your top priorities.

If you aren't a designer, you might want to work with one. They can help you sort through your ideas and tell you about other options that you might like. Depending on where you purchase materials from, you might even be able to take advantage of a free design consultation service.

In addition to a designer, you'll likely want to hire a contractor and use their time, knowledge and skills effectively. A contractor can make sure that measurements are correct and materials are installed properly.

Of course, we all want to save money where we can in a remodel, but the mistakes arise by cutting corners in the wrong places. For example, in a kitchen remodel, you could go with high-quality cabinets and a faux-granite countertop, then more easily replace the countertop when you are able to afford it.

Once you have your budget, contractor, and designer, you can avoid the final mistake by making a schedule for when different parts of the project will be complete and what materials will be needed for each part. Having a plan keeps everyone on task and helps to prevent unexpected costs.


At The RTA Store, we help make your dream kitchen a reality with RTA (Ready To Assemble) and Pre-Assembled kitchen cabinets and accessories with the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call and let us make your kitchen dreams come true with the help of our free kitchen design tool!