Home Renovation Myths 101

Trying to add value to your home with home renovation?

It can be daunting for most homeowners to know where to start. There are many renovation myths that can be confusing when considering a project. Let’s dig deeper and unmask some of these myths to help you gain confidence in your decision and start to build your remodeling wisdom.

Myth #1: Save money by doing the renovation yourself, hiring a relative, friend or local handyman.

Home renovation is not as simple as a fresh coat of paint or laying down new flooring. You need to know the limits of what you can do on your own and not be afraid to ask for help. Using committed professionals 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 fully communicate with you through the whole process.

Myth #2: Any type of remodeling is beneficial.

Some may think that any improvement is a good one, but not all home improvements are equal. You should always keep in mind that you may want to sell your home one day so consider if your remodel is very specific to your needs or if it will also be beneficial to the next owner. Choosing the right renovation that adds value as well as helping with resale can be tricky. A professional is in tune with the best renovations to add value to your home and can help guide you in making those decisions to ultimately see the best return on your investment.

Myth #3: Follow the latest design trends.

We are often bombarded with images in print, digitally or in person that reflect current design trends in terms of color or style. So, in considering a renovation project, many homeowners think it's a good idea to follow one of those latest trends. However, this is not true, as trends will certainly evolve. For instance, tile countertops were all the rage in the 1970’s but features like this must be updated before putting the house on the market. It is best to leave trends like these behind in order to keep your space current. Avoid the stress and stick with classic materials such as marble, quartz or granite. Neutral colors or palettes also tend to have more of a timeless feel and will appeal to a wider range of people.

Myth #4: A permit is not needed when renovating.

Depending on the project you may need permits and/or HOA approval before any construction begins. A professional contractor will know what is needed and will take care of all of this for you. Some renovations that involve a permit include adding or removing part of a structure, new or modified plumbing or heating systems and changing windows/ door size. Common projects that do not require a permit include painting and decorating, new flooring and the installation of kitchen or bathroom cabinets.

With these myths revealed, your renovation wisdom has grown and you’re one step closer to your remodeling project. Good luck to you and your home renovation journey.

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