How to Avoid Costly Mistakes When Renovating Your Home | Lifetime Windows & Doors

If you’re planning a home remodel, you know how much thought and preparation goes into it. Determining what changes are most important, which companies will complete the work, and ensuring you can stay within your designated time frame and budget are all important. If you plan on remodeling your home, here’s how to avoid costly mistakes. 

Set a Budget

Renovations can get expensive, especially if you don’t plan your funding accordingly. So, set a realistic budget with a buffer in place. Building up to 20 percent extra into your overall budget can help you better prepare for any surprises that happen along the way. 

Choose the Right Company

Unfortunately, there are many companies, contractors, or fly-by-night workers claiming to be the “best” and most experienced in their field. If you don’t research, you could be in for a big – and expensive – headache later down the road. Be sure to ask potential home contractors direct questions before you hire them. These might include ‘How long have you been in business?’, ‘What is your specialty?’, or ‘Do you have references’? It’s also important to read online reviews. If you notice a significant number of negative reviews or if you see a recurring theme about their quality of workmanship, ethics, or customer service, take note. Don’t rush your decision: an honest company or contractor will take the time to answer your questions with no complaints. 

Don’t Forget Functionality

When considering windows, doors, siding, or roofing, don’t forget to keep functionality in mind. For example, you don’t want doors to ding or damage other doors or countertops, and you want to make sure you can access and open and close windows easily. Talk to your contractor about how you want the space to flow so you can ensure it functions exactly how you want it to. 

Buying the Right Materials

The changes you make during a home remodel are things you’ll want to enjoy for many years to come. That’s why it’s important to select high-quality, durable materials that are built to last. Our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors is proud to install top-quality products from Milgard, Malarkey Roofing, James Hardie, and more. We focus on installing everything accurately with attention to the details. Whether you live in a historic home that needs modern touches, or you have a newer home that simply requires some updates to old windows or doors, we pride ourselves in doing the job right with materials you can count on. 

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Our team has industry-leading experience and has been serving the Portland OR area since 1998. We take pride in delivering exceptional workmanship and providing a great customer experience, so you know you’ll be in good hands. Call us today to schedule your free quote.  

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