With a record number of people at home for extended periods of time in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, home remodeling projects became a popular way to pass the time. DIY home improvement projects can be rewarding, but many people often do not realize what they are signing up for when it comes to trying to tackle home renovations on their own. While you may want to save money by doing the work yourself, a hopeful remodeling project can quickly turn into an expensive remodeling “fail” if you are not careful. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most expensive and scary remodeling blunders we have seen homeowners make.

Electrical Work

When it comes to the wires in your home. It is always best to call an electrician. If you have a newer home, you may be able to save money by installing light fixtures yourself, but even that can be a risky business. People often do not realize how heavy light fixtures are and when you are standing on a ladder trying to make the correct wire connections while holding a fixture at the same time, it is easier than you think to watch the whole thing come crashing down.

Bathroom Remodels

Bathroom renovations can be expensive to have completed professionally, but they can be even more expensive as DIY projects go wrong. When you start chipping away at tile or cabinets, it is not uncommon to find water damage from hidden leaks or years of poor ventilation. Because this is something that can produce dangerous molds, it is best to call in a professional to assess the damage. Speaking of water damage, before you consider moving any pipes or installing new sink fixtures, it is best to call a plumber. Broken pipes and water lines will put a damper on your budget in no time. 

Kitchen Renovation

When talking about renovation “fails,” kitchens always come to mind. A kitchen remodel is a pricey project, so it makes sense that people would want to save money here, but part of the reason that kitchens cost so much to redo, is the amount of work to be done. Common areas we see homeowners having regrets in the kitchen are attempting to paint cabinets themselves, incorrectly measuring for new cabinets or countertops, installing backsplashes, you name it – there are many expensive remodeling blunders to be had in the kitchen

So how can you avoid remodeling mistakes?

The best way to avoid expensive mistakes on any renovation project is to hire a professional. While it may seem like more money upfront, it will save money in the long run. 

A good general contractor or construction company will sit down with you beforehand to discuss your project. At CQC Home, our process always includes meeting with homeowners and reviewing their project goals and most importantly their budget. This allows us to set reasonable expectations for project costs and also helps us work with clients to show them where they might be able to save a little money on their project. We also offer upfront pricing guides to help homeowners better understand potential costs before we even meet. If you are considering a home remodeling project, give us a call today. We would love to help you avoid any slip-ups and instead love your results.