A Look at a Few Atlanta Remodeling Don’ts for the Smart Homeowner

A successful Atlanta remodeling project is a rewarding experience for any homeowner. It’s not always smooth sailing, however, since many different things could go wrong. Houzz.com helps homeowners avoid remodeling hassles by offering ten different “don’ts” of home remodeling; the following is one of the most important tips focusing on planning:

Some projects require an architect, some an interior designer, and sometimes a talented builder will get your aesthetic and help you come up with a good plan.
Whatever you do, don’t start a remodel without a detailed floor plan. A lot of elements interact in a space — put them all on paper and you’ll catch problems before they are built. You may be able to build a functional space without a plan, but if you want a functional and beautiful space, hire a designer.

Aside from having a well-made plan before your contractors get started, several other tips were presented. Homeowners were advised to minimize distractions to the workers; “It may sound harsh, but every minute someone working on your house spends talking to you, they are not working on your house. Is the conversation important and one that will have an impact on the job? That’s one thing, but the electrician on the job isn’t getting paid any more to spend 30 minutes talking about your vacation plans.” People are also advised not to delay decisions, to avoid changing plans too much, and to have a certain amount set aside for contingencies.

One thing that wasn’t emphasized on is the importance of contracting the right company for your Atlanta home remodeling. After all, no amount of planning can make up for a bad choice of contractor, and in the worst case, you are going to get terrible services or even get scammed by a fraudulent company. There are a few things you can do to avoid that.

When choosing a contractor, look for certification and years of experience in building beautiful homes. Checking with the Better Business Bureau is a good way to do this, alongside reviewing customer feedback and testimonials about a company. For example, 5th generation Contracting has five generations of experience and happy customers under its belt and will more than likely provide you with the services you need.

Your dream home is just one great contractor and a few smart tips away. If you’re doing home remodeling, never settle for second-best.

(Info from Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don’ts, Houzz.com,

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