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5 Red Flags To Watch Out for During a Home Renovation

Renovating can be stressful, but these five tips can help you be a little more prepared.

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June 5, 2024 at 7:51 AM PST
Homeownership Renovation Red Flags

5 Red Flags To Watch Out for During a Home Renovation

Renovating can be stressful, but these five tips can help you be a little more prepared.

By
June 5, 2024 at 7:51 AM PST

Our styles are always evolving, so why not let our taste in our homes evolve, too? Renovating your home is a great way to reflect your new style and taste. However, navigating the renovation process can be tricky, especially when dealing with contractors. Whether you’re updating a specific room or needing a complete overhaul, hiring the right contractors, setting realistic timelines, and watching out for potential red flags are super important. Danielle Matthews, co-owner of Reborn Renovations, shares five red flags homeowners should watch out for when renovating their homes.

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Unlicensed Contractors

When working with contractors, make sure they’re licensed before committing. Hiring an unlicensed contractor can result in subpar workmanship, safety hazards, and legal issues.

Unclear Contracts

A detailed, clear contract is a must for any renovation project. Be cautious of contractors who provide vague contracts, as this can leave you vulnerable to unexpected costs, delays, and disputes. Contracts should outline the scope of work, timeline, payment schedule, and any warranties or guarantees.

Unrealistic Timelines

Be aware of contractors who promise unrealistic timelines. If a contractor claims they can complete your project unusually quickly, it may mean they lack attention to detail or a rush to move on to the next job.

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Inadequate Permits

Proper permits ensure that renovation work complies with local building codes and is performed safely. Contractors who try to bypass the permit process or claim that permits are unnecessary might be cutting corners, risking your home’s safety and integrity. Always verify that all necessary permits are obtained before starting the renovation.

Unexpected Costs

Watch out for contractors who provide low initial estimates but then surprise you with unexpected costs as the project progresses. To protect yourself from hidden fees, poor planning, and potential scams, get multiple quotes and consult with financial and legal advisors before starting on a renovation project.



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