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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Working with a Design Build Company

Deciding to remodel your home is a big decision. In fact, it just may be the biggest decision you make as a homeowner. Hiring a contractor to update and redesign your home is a financial investment, a sacrifice of your time, and a venture in to your future. You want the experience to be the best as possible. Thus, when you’re working with a Portland design build company, be wary of making these common home remodeling mistakes.

Scope Creep

Hiring a contractor for a small, updating project can sometimes balloon into a massive whole-home renovation. This is referred to as scope creep. While it is important to slightly pad your budget for any unforeseen issues, it can be frustrating when the project gets out of hand, and allowing this to happen is a common mistake. In order to avoid this, be sure to communicate with your design build company upfront and often about your expectations and limits for the project.

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Changing Your Mind

That said, avoiding exponential costs and a domino effect in terms of expenses means sticking to your plan. Sure, tweaking a few things here and there is normal in a home remodeling project, but completely changing your mind about the design process and the materials is a costly mistake. Roughly two thirds of contractors state that changing your mind once construction has already begun is the biggest, most costly mistake you can make when remodeling. Think through every tiny detail before you get started.

Skipping Pre-Inspection

Another reason home remodel budgets are blown is due to neglecting a pre-inspection of your home for any issues before beginning the remodeling process. Unknown structural damage, hidden mold, or unaddressed plumbing and electrical problems that were pre-existing before the project, can leave a surprising hole in your pocket and stall progress. A proper design build firm will insist on this and you should too.

Overlooking the Obvious

Homeowners often do not invest in the rooms that are the heart of the home, like the kitchen or living room. It’s important to prioritize these spaces, both for your overall satisfaction and lifestyle, as well as for the highest return on investment. The functional spaces in your home need to be up to date, like the kitchen and the bathrooms, when considering the resale value of your home, as well as for everyday use and enjoyment. Focus on remodeling these areas first, and then add some updates to the bedrooms and office areas.

Choosing the Cheapest Contractor

The most economical choice is not always – and typical is never – the best. As you decide to remodel your home and begin the process, it’s a good idea to interview several companies for the job and to analyze the costs, as well as the reasoning behind the pricing. Sometimes the lowest bid means cutting corners on quality and materials or even skipping essential processes like permits and insurance. You’ll also want referrals and recommendations from your design build firm, to ensure the company with whom your working is best suited for you in all areas.

Make sure you invest wisely as you dive in to your home remodeling project. Avoid the common mistakes and choose a design build firm with a great reputation and who you absolutely trust with the job.

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