Reality television has a good way of making home remodeling look fast, easy, and affordable. However, it can be much grittier than portrayed. Most people do not understand the ins and outs of renovation and are sometimes skeptical to hire a professional, for the fear of being ripped off. Here are some myths that people often believe.
Doing the renovation yourself will save you money – Home renovation is not always as simple as replacing carpet or torn wallpaper. Using a trusted professional can actually save you time and money. Not only can it prevent mistakes, they can provide you with a detailed written estimate, timeline, and calendar of events.
Renovations cause havoc to the entire house and yard – Professional renovators understand how to work in a limited space. Depending on the scope of work, most families remain in their home during the remodeling process. A good contractor will clean up after each day and maintain a habitable living space for you and your family.
A permit is not needed to remodel – You may need a permit and/or HOA approval before any construction begins. Projects that will not often need a permit would be paining, decorating, new flooring, installing carpet and simple additions throughout; however, projects such as demolishing a part of the building, new / altered plumbing and heating systems, changing window and door size , may often require a permit.