As a fourth generation contractor with years of experience in this industry, I’ve heard many false claims about remodeling. Some common remodeling myths that every homeowner should be aware of:
Myth: Projects will always run longer and cost more in the end. It’s a common misconception that all contractors underbid and overpromise. Proper planning and research will alleviate these concerns. If you define the project in a proper contract with little to no allowances, you’ll avoid things like over budgeting and extended timelines.
Myth: Your handyman is qualified to complete a kitchen renovation. There’s a good chance your local handyman is not licensed, so there’s an even greater chance he’s not trained in kitchen design. If you decide to hire your handyman for a big project, be prepared to hit snags along the way. And, if he isn’t licensed, you could be fined for ìaiding an unlicensed contractor.
Myth: You should get plans before researching contractors. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to get plans before hiring a contractor. I highly recommend that your architect and builder work together on your project, or consider hiring a design-build firm, where everything is in-house. Both of these options will help your project go more smoothly and more quickly.
Myth: Your house and yard will be trashed throughout construction. Proper site maintenance should be a top priority of every contractor, and many do take proper measures with dust control and the protection of your belongings. Always tour the job sites of those contractors you are considering to see how they treat existing projects.
Myth: You have a relative or friend who is out of work. You can save money by using them for different parts of the job. If your family member or friend is a trained professional, that’s fine, but don’t assume anyone can paint, frame or tile. Mistakes made to your home can end up costing you a lot more. When it comes to your biggest investment, it’s always best to hire professionals.
Peter is a fourth generation construction professional who founded Renewal Design-Build ten years ago. Since its inception, the award-winning firm has been recognized as one of the top remodelers in the nation and is a Top 5 Residential Remodeler, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The company specializes in the renovation of older homes. Peter Michelson resides in Decatur with his wife and two young children.