Home remodeling in the Rochester, MN area is clearly on the rise. It seems like remodeling is a favorite topic of conversation in these parts. At 99 North Construction, we think that great! However, planning a remodel is not easy task. Information available on the internet is pretty inconsistent. How can you know what to believe and what is just another myth? While we can’t give you all the answers in this one blog post, we can clear up these 5 myths about home remodeling, so you can make good choices about your upcoming remodeling project.
YouTube Has All the Answers
“You can learn just about anything on YouTube.” But, that doesn’t mean you’ll learn to do it correctly. Just because someone has the ability to upload video doesn’t make them an expert at anything, except maybe uploading videos. If you’re planning on tackling a home remodeling project yourself, there are a few things you might need. Like at least one phone-a-friend, a lot of patience, a brother-in-law with carpentry skills and a Plan B.
Doing your own renovations rather than hiring a remodeling contractor may not save money in the long run. Especially if you factor in mistakes,cost overruns, and time lost. At 99 North Construction, we encourage homeowners looking to remodel a Rochester area home to call us to discuss their plans. We’ll provide you with feedback on your design, a realistic timeline and a free estimate for the cost of your remodeling project.
Reclaimed Materials are Earth Friendly
Everyone, including us, loves the look of reclaimed construction materials, as well as their history. While reclaimed products are appealing, it’s important to note that the process of recovering them isn’t always earth-friendly. Salvaged materials don’t always perform as well as new materials do. Additionally, they may contain toxins, such as mold or lead paint residue. Old wood is brittle and must be handled with care, which adds time and cost to home remodeling projects. If you’re considering using salvaged materials in your renovations, it’s important to know where they came from. It’s also important to know if they are safe and legal to use in your home. We’d be happy to talk to you about some of the home remodeling projects we’ve completed with reclaimed materials.
Always Remodel with Resale in Mind
People don’t stay in the same home as long as they did in past generations, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be happy in yours for years to come. Unless you’re planning to sell your home in the next decade, it’s OK to remodel it to suit your lifestyle and tastes. It’s a good idea to make renovations that improve efficiency and increase mobility and traffic flow. You can’t predict what someone else will love or hate about your home ten years down the road, so make sure you are happy with the design.
You Can’t Be Too Frugal
It’s easy to get caught up in pinching pennies at every turn during a home remodel. For instance, carpet may be more inexpensive than wood flooring, but the benefits of hardwood may make the additional cost worth it. According to HomeAdvisor, wood floors are easier to clean and harbor fewer allergens than carpet does. Plus, hardwood floors significantly increase the value of a home.
I Can Change My Mind as the Project Progresses
This technically isn’t a myth: you actually can change your mind as often as you’d like as your renovation rolls along. Sometimes deviations are unavoidable, due to problems in the existing structure or because certain materials are no longer available. However, changes typically add time and money to a home remodeling project. Therefore, the more changes you make, the farther out your completion date moves, and the more likely you are to run over budget. In addition, most contractors will only change things out or stop the show so many times before they become impatient. You can avoid all of these by having a well-designed plan from the start, discussing it with your contractor before work begins, and then sticking to your original design.
Remodel Your Rochester Home with 99 North Construction
We hope dispelling these 5 common myths about home remodeling will help you avoid some common mistakes on your future project. 99 North Construction in Rochester, MN is pleased to perform superior home restoration you can trust. Our projects will be completed on time, within budget, and with unmatched skill. Contact us today for more information.