Common Mistakes People Make When Remodeling

Author: Luxury Kitchen Bath Express | | Categories: Bathroom Remodeling Company , Kitchen Remodeling Company , Remodeling Company


Remodeling your Kitchen or Bath is a great investment.

It can improve your quality of life, and increase your home’s value. That said, it’s not easy to get it right.

Here are the 5 Most Common Mistakes people make.

1. Not having a budget
Having no budget or an unrealistic one can set you up for a letdown. Knowing what most of your neighbors are spending on similar projects can help you set a realistic budget for how much to invest.

Here’s the Good News. 77% of every dollar you spend on a Kitchen or Bathroom Renovation will come back in equity.

Plus, you’ll get to enjoy it!

Getting a realistic budget is Step 1 in the bathroom remodeling process.

Here’s a quick tip!

Companies that get paid to connect you to contractors or sell your information give wildly low costs for remodeling. Why?

They need your contact info. That’s how they make money.

Simply put, the more people who click and type, the more money they make. So while an average complete remodel might run $28,000 - $39,000, they may say the cost is $8,000 - $ 12,000. So where do you get honest, reliable and realistic costs for a remodel?

Consumer Reports & the NKBA or National Kitchen Bath Association. Here are a couple of quick links to make it easy.

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), you should expect to spend between 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value on a bathroom remodel.

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) homeowners undertaking bathroom renovations are spending the most on main bathrooms with an average budget of $32,000 (including materials and labor).

What is the most expensive part of a bathroom remodel?

According to HomeAdvisor (NASDAQ: ANGI), labor accounts for 40% to 65% of the average bathroom remodel costs, which clearly makes it the single most expensive part of a bathroom renovation. Apr 18, 2020


According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), you should expect to spend between 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value on a bathroom remodel.

Suggested bathroom remodeling costs allocation:

  • Installation: 20%
  • Cabinetry and Hardware: 16%
  • Fixtures: 15%
  • Faucets and Plumbing: 14%
  • Flooring: 9%
  • Countertops: 7%
  • Walls and Ceilings: 5%
  • Design fees: 4%
  • Doors and Windows: 4%
  • Other: 1% 

2. Choosing a Contractor based on low price
Did you know that only 3% of homeowners choose the lowest-priced contractor for a remodel, and these same people account for 95% of the complaints to the BBB?

When comparing contractors for your project, ask questions to determine Experience, Professionalism, Transparency, and Craftsmanship. That way, when something does come up, and there’s a good chance it might, you will have an ally who will tell you the truth and make suggestions on the best path forward.

Finding a contractor you can trust is priceless. Someone who is on your side, honest and knows what they’re doing.

Most of the issues people have with their renovations are from trying to lower the costs by cutting corners which is never a good idea.

3. Thinking that design is only about layout
Design is also about the overall look and function of your project. Do the colors work well together? Is the design functional? Do you have the right storage and organization? Good Design matters. Poor design can be frustrating every day of your life.

Great Designers KNOW it’s the little things that count.

A good, experienced designer can actually save you money.

4. Design Changes after the project has begun
The right time to design is Before you Begin, not after.

Changes in design and scope of work will always cost more when done after commencing the work. Resolve your design issues before moving forward.

There shouldn’t be any changes after starting on the project. Here’s why. Those could end up costing a lot more, even if that is a minor change because it might be connected to something else that was already designed and implemented. Plus it throws off schedule of some tradespeople who may not be able to get back for weeks.

All these issues can be avoided if the designs are completed before you begin.

5. Unrealistic Expectations
Often homeowners will expect someone to be working on the job every day from 8 am to 5 pm.

That’s seldom the case.

The best, most organized renovations are well planned and coordinate the activities of many trades, products, and workers. Great project management is simply managing 3 things; people, products and time.

How long will demolition take? Nobody knows. It could take 2 hours or 2 days. Good, experienced remodelers know this truth and allow time for each trade to complete their tasks.

There are also unforeseen things that come up and add to the timeline.

If you are looking for an expert at remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, get in touch with Luxury Kitchen Bath Express. We provide a different approach, we’ve completed over 1,000 bathroom projects and 1,000 kitchens over the past 25 years. We know what it takes to keep the project moving and heading towards the goal. A beautiful bathroom or kitchen.

Know the 5 Most Common Mistakes Homeowners Make leads us to 5 Great Tips to make your remodel a success!

Here they are!

1. Have a Realistic Budget

2. Never Choose the Low Priced Contractor

3. Realize that Good Design Makes Life Better

4. Design Before you Begin Demolition

5. Set Realistic Expectations

We hope this helps.

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