Not every remodel is a good one, as is evident by the many Americans who have made remodeling mistakes that cost them big. But getting a remodel right – the first time – can make your home more comfortable, stylish, functional—and more valuable. Here are the most common remodeling blunders and how you can avoid becoming a victim of one (or more) of them:

Not Taking Care of Architectural Issues

No one wants to deal with the large stuff when tackling the remodeling job, but ignoring the large flaws in a project will make your remodel look shabby and half-completed. For example, if you are taking on a kitchen remodel, and the windows in the room simply aren’t large enough to let in the natural light for which the kitchen requires, moving forward with the remodel won’t solve the issue of the kitchen feeling dark and uninviting. Bite the bullet and take care of the window problem so that your kitchen remodel looks like the showpiece you imagined it to be when the work is complete.

Not Measuring Properly

When designing a remodel, one of the worst things you can do is fail to plan – and by that, I mean not measure properly. For example, I recently saw a finished kitchen remodel that, on first glance, was a beauty. However, upon further inspection, the homeowners revealed that they failed to measure the kitchen properly and couldn’t fit the planned dishwasher into the room after the cabinets were installed. Whoops…that remodel may have cost them big, both in terms of convenience and of resale. As the old saying goes, “Measure twice and cut once.”

Not Considering the Details

A homeowner once lamented to me that he failed to consider the height of his kitchen ceiling. Instead of mounting the upper cabinets a foot lower, he had them mounted flush against the ceiling, thereby making them far too high to actually reach them with ease. The homeowner, unfortunately, was just shy of five feet tall and, well, you get the picture. You cannot afford to overlook small details that, in the end, will become large details. Posted by Richard Soto on
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