Misconceptions about Home Improvements

Summer and fall are typical times of the year when homeowners consider do-it-yourself projects intended to improve the quality of their living spaces. Many construction professionals contribute the popular myths floating around about renovations to reality shows that make the “before and after” transformation look effortless, seamless, and easy. Here are some myths about home improvement you might want to examine more closely before embarking on your own remodeling adventure.

Myth #1 – Expensive materials add resale value to your home.

It is reasonable to assume that if you use expensive materials for your home improvement project that it will add resale value to your home. However, most home buyers want countertops, cabinets, flooring, etc. to look good while being functional and easy to clean. The same goes for exterior finishing elements such as siding, gutters, and the roofing system.

Myth #2 – Cheap materials will save you money.

Using cheap materials for your DIY project or remodel will save you money, but not in the long run. Homeowners find that installing cheap products might save up front until they have to replace the products or materials two years later. Select products that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and are the best you can afford while fitting your budget.

Myth #3 – Installing high-end amenities will make your home sell faster.

High-end amenities such as a pool might seem like it will draw in potential buyers and help make your home sell faster when you do put it on the market. But in reality, many home buyers will look at the soaker tub with spa jets or the unique-shaped backyard pool or the fully operational outdoor kitchen and see high maintenance and increased expenses.

Myth #4 – It’s good to be trendy.

Most interior and exterior home design trends last for five to seven years. If you enjoy knowing what’s trending, visit design websites and home improvement blogs. But when it comes to remodeling, pick elements that you really like and enjoy. It will give your home a classic appearance that will appeal to future home buyers if and when you sell your home.

Myth #5 – I won’t need a permit if I’m hiring a contractor.

If you plan to build a vertical (second or partial story) or horizontal (same level) addition, you will need some type of building permit. Also if your remodel involves new plumbing or moving existing pipes or anything electrical, permits might be required. Your contractor will most likely know which ones are applicable to your project, but you might want to check to see if your specific renovation is allowed under existing municipal bylaws.

Myth #6 – DIY is the way to go.

You’ve got DIY skills and that’s great! But should you be spending your weekend drywalling the garage or gutting the kitchen? These types of home improvement projects may test your do-it-yourself expertise. When you consult with an expert, a good contractor will provide a detailed estimate that should include a timeline, materials, and itemized costs for materials and labour. An experienced building professional knows how to plan and execute the renovation safely; how to handle the unexpected; and has the right tools and equipment to get the job done on schedule.

Myth #7 – The renovation process is easy.

Whether they plan to DIY or hire a building contractor some homeowners think the renovation process is easy. They have a budget, they have a plan, and now all they need to do is stick to the plan. What many people don’t realize is a renovation, regardless of the size, takes time.

Depending on the size and type of room remodel, a kitchen renovation, for example, can take anywhere from one month to seven weeks while remodeling a bathroom can take as little as two weeks and up to three months to complete. Unless it’s a complex renovation such as a roof replacement or fixing a structural issue, most remodels are done with the family still living in the house. This can mean major disruptions to a family’s regular routine: the good news is you can plan around them to keep things as normal as possible during the remodel.