Hammer Time: 5 Common Home Remodeling Mistakes

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Investing in your Hawaiian home by renovating or remodeling is an amazing way to increase its value. However, a large renovation project can turn into a disaster, especially for those who are inexperienced in this type of work. Here are four of the more common home renovation mistakes Hawaii homeowners make and how you can avoid them.


Mistake #1: Skipping The Permit Process


The first mistake you'll want to avoid is undertaking any home renovation without the required permits. While some remodeling projects don't require a permit, others will and it's more than worth taking time for research into making sure your project doesn't break any Hawaii laws or code requirements in order not end up with expensive fines later down the line. Here's a link to the Hawaii Department of Planning and Permitting to get you started with your Hawaii home renovation.


Mistake #2: Being Afraid


A great way to ruin your renovation is to be too afraid to transform the space into whatever best suits your family. Try to avoid being trendy and go with what suits you and your family.


Transformation is the name of your game, so you might as well go big. Transform any space into something better suited for living by considering how people currently use these areas in their homes and improving them where possible!


For instance, maybe it's time to transform that extra bedroom into a home YouTube studio!


Mistake #3: Using Cheap Materials Or Labor


When it comes to contractors, going cheap is rarely a good idea. You want someone who is going to do the best quality of work at a fair, affordable price. Moreover, since you're investing in that contractor, it is best to also invest in using high-quality materials for the job.


Most reputable contractors will take the time to give you a free 15 minute consultation and a rough cost estimate.


Also, don't be the type that skimps on costs just because something isn't visible.


A good example is if your contractor recommends that you install something like a bathroom membrane system. Yes, it's an extra cost that is mostly a preventive measure against mold getting under your tiles. However, it is a small consideration in protecting the more substantial investment you're making in upgrading your home.


The additional marginal costs over the long run for these types of extras are almost always worth it.


Mistake #4: Changing Your Mind


There's an old saying that goes: "measure twice, cut once." Our experience shows that changing your mind in the middle of a renovation or remodel is almost certainly going to cost you. Best to stick to the plan unless there are unforeseen circumstances which force you to change the plan.  

Best to spend some extra time in the planning phase of the renovation than to have regrets later.


Mistake #5: Failure To Check With The Homeowners Association


Regardless of the project it's a good idea to check with the Homeowners Association, especially in Hawaii.  Many Hawaii neighborhoods have very strict guidelines on what you can and cannot do with your home.  Most interior remodels probably aren't restricted by HOA guidelines, but you never know until you ask.  And conversely, almost all outdoor changes probably are restricted in some manner.




These are just four of the multitude of mistakes that can be made by an inexperienced home renovator. We've found that remodels and renovations can add significant value to your Hawaii home but it's always best to spend some time doing due diligence about the project before hand.


Thinking about selling your home, downsizing or upsizing?  Give me a call today for some experienced help with your Hawaii real estate needs.


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