9 Home Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

9 Home Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Getting started on a home remodeling project for your Chicago-area home? With so many online resources available, and so many opinions offered by family and friends, knowing where to start can be difficult. It can also be easy to make mistakes.

In this month’s post, we’ll go over common mistakes to avoid when getting started on your home remodel.

Exterior of home remodeled by Patrick FinnIgnoring the Big Picture

When putting down roots in your dream home and investing in a home remodel or addition, remember to look at the big picture. Make sure any home renovations are going to fit into the short and long-term plans of your family.

Before choosing a direction for your remodel, consider the implications of the home remodel on your family. You’ll also want to ensure any home renovations will be desirable to future home buyers.

Does This Home Renovation Have a Function?

Make sure any renovation or addition to your home will be something you actually plan to use.

Prioritize the rooms in your home you use the most and deem most important. This way you can work your way down the list as you have the budget to make home improvements.

Not Planning For Aging in Place

Aging in place is the philosophy that people are happier and healthier when they live independently. Plan ahead so your home is ready for that stage of your life.

Consider if any renovations will be amenable to aging in place additions later in life. For instance:

  • If you add a bedroom, consider adding it to the first floor.
  • When adding a bathroom, consider zero edge showers and non-slip features.
  • Use low maintenance exterior materials such as brick for any home additions.

Stunning Bathroom RemodelBrushing Aside Expensive Problems

Never ignore a problem just because it’s expensive! While you’ll probably never be thrilled to pay for an unexpected issue that pops up as a homeowner, it’s best to take care of issues before they become even worse.

For instance – if you notice a plumbing issue is affecting water pressure in your home, make sure to look into it and get it fixed. You do not want the problem to get worse and then have to pay even more down the line.

Only Considering Trendy Options

While new and worthwhile designs are worth examining and considering, classic and functional designs will always be in style.

While it’s always important to look at what is stylish right now to inform any design decisions, don’t always choose the trendiest option. While it may seem great to you in the moment, the results may not withstand the test of time.

Ask yourself before any home renovation:

  • Will this remodel and design fit into my lifestyle?
  • WIll I be as excited about it in 5 years as I am now?

If the answers to these two questions are yes, then it is probably the remodel for you.

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Modern Remodeled KitchenOverlooking Necessary Permits  

While at times it can seem cumbersome and unnecessary, obtaining the proper permits is crucial when remodeling your home. Not obtaining the proper permits can lead to:

  • Failed inspections if you decide to sell your home
  • Unsafe conditions in your home
  • Possible fines from your city

Permits keep you safe and ensure your home is structurally stable. Protect your investment and make sure everything is up to code.

Luxurious Living Room RemodelDIY Remodels

Some people will always want to do things themselves. When it comes to home remodels, however, it’s usually best to trust the professionals.

While you may save on labor costs in the short-term, hiring an experienced design-build contractor will allow the project to be completed on time and on budget.

The money you save by not hiring a contractor will be quickly erased if any problems arise. A good contractor will make sure the job is done right the first time, taking care of everything from start to finish so you don’t have to worry.

Hiring An Under-Bidding Contractor

The lowest price is not always the best price. While cost is always going to be a factor, choosing the lowest bid has it’s drawbacks.

  • Ask yourself if the lower bid is a realistic bid?
  • Will the lower cost equal lower quality?
  • Will they go over budget due to not considering the job in full?

Always research any contractor you hire, particularly if they are offering you a bid significantly lower than the competition.

Suburban Home Remodeled by PA FinnNot Hiring a Design-Build Contractor

Working with anyone but an experienced and local design-build contractor could be a mistake.

Design-build contractors like Patrick A. Finn, take a holistic approach to home remodels. They’ll take care of everything, hiring and managing all designers, architects, and contractors.

When everything is taken care of by one firm, costs are controlled, projects are completed on time, and your home will look beautiful.

Work With an Experienced Design-Build Home Remodel Contractor

At Patrick A. Finn, we love helping Chicago-area homeowners remodel their homes into spaces they’ll love living in. We’ll:

  • Start with a free in-home consultation to learn about your goals, vision, and budget to determine your final design and detailed work plan.
  • Help gather all needed materials you need for your home remodeling project.
  • Obtain all necessary permits, completing the project on time and on budget.

To learn more and schedule your free consultation, give us a call at (847) 358-4133 or contact us online.


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In this month’s post, we’ll go over 8 common reasons for adding onto your home to improve your life (and often the value of your home, too).

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5 Knockout Design Ideas for Ceiling Treatments

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If you’re looking for a way to dress up your ceilings, consider these five knockout design ideas for ceiling treatments.

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How to Plan a Bathroom Remodel

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Planning ahead is the key to a stress-free and successful bathroom renovation project. Take time to lay the groundwork and you’ll ensure your remodeled bathroom is the beautiful space you’ve always wanted.

Take a look below at our collection of expert tips and advice for planning a successful bathroom remodel. Then give us a call to find out how we can partner together to make your bathroom remodel a reality.

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5 Bathroom Storage Solutions

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How to Plan a Kitchen Remodel

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In today’s post, we’ll help you understand how to plan a kitchen remodel. We’ll share a few of the best practices we’ve learned over the years. We’ll also help you avoid common mistakes that homeowners make when undertaking a major home remodeling project.

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Renovating a historic home is an exciting process, but it can also be stressful without proper planning.

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15 Questions to Ask Home Remodelers Before Hiring

Remodeling your home is an exciting time. There is so much to do and so many things to think about. But before you jump right into hiring remodeling professionals, make sure you’re working with the right ones.

Choosing the right remodeling professionals can be the difference between your dream home and a nightmare. You’ve probably heard horror stories about remodeling projects gone terribly wrong due to unqualified and unprofessional contractors. Don’t let this happen to you!

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