When it comes to myths and misconceptions, not even home improvement topics are safe. We all have that know-it-all cousin or brother-in-law that swears they are an expert in all things DIY. And maybe they are. But odds are, if they were such a “home remodeling” guru, they would be licensed and working for (or own) a build/design firm. Fear not, however, as this blog post will seek to clear the air and debunk some of the popular home improvement myths out there.
No matter type of home project you consider tackling – be it a home renovation, kitchen remodel or building a home addition – unless you have carefully vetted the person giving you advice, take whatever information you receive with a hearty spoonful of skepticism. While the advice may come from a friendly, well-meaning source, keep in mind that your home will arguably be the biggest investment you make in your life, and it should be treated as such.
Probably the biggest home improvement myth that we hear is this: “All remodels add value to your home.” The thought here is that if you put money into your home in the guise of an upgrade, it will pay off in dividends. While this is true in some instances, not all remodels and renovations are created equal. Changing your third bedroom into a music studio might be cool to you, but it will do little to add value for a homeowner that is not cutting their own albums!
Another myth that we hear all too often is that you should always go with the lowest bidder. While budgeting and sticking to your home improvement budget is very important, you should never decide on who will work on your home based solely on price. If a contractor or build/design firm underbids your project by much less than anyone else, there is usually a reason why. Always check any prospective firms insurance and past references. Schedule an in-person meeting with them and look for signs of professionalism, knowledge and the ability to communicate effectively. These are all important things to consider when hiring a professional to work on your home!
Along the same lines as the above, a lot of homeowners feel that they can tackle any DIY project by themselves and save oodles of money in the process. While this may be true in simple cases, in the long run you are usually better off hiring a professional. The rule of thumb is this: if you have never performed the task you are going to undertake or have any hesitations whatsoever, call in the pros. At the end of the day, any mistakes you make could end up costing you much more than it would have had you hired a construction firm – and, when all is said and done, you would likely have to hire them to finish the project anyway!
In addition, build/design firms tend to have a wide array of experience. As professionals in the business, we have seen it all and know what will work and what will not. In addition, a really good home remodeler will offer suggestions to improve upon your original idea, and, take them or leave them, that is often worth the price of admission.
If you are considering a home remodel, home renovation, or home addition in North Georgia, why not avoid all the common home improvement myths and give Tracy Tesmer Design/Remodel a call? We will be glad to set you on the path of turning your house into a home!