Mar. 30 2023

Top 5 Remodeling Regrets From Our Northeast Seattle Clients

by Bennett Bottorff

Embarking on a kitchen or bathroom renovation can be a thrilling journey with unexpected surprises and enchanting twists that ultimately lead to a breathtaking transformation. Before embarking on your own renovation adventure, take a moment to learn from homeowners in Northeast Seattle who can attest to the specific aspects of remodeling that homeowners often regret. Don't rush into demo-ing walls or blindly following trendy décor; instead, carefully consider the wisdom of those who have been there before you. Trust us, it's worth it to avoid the missteps and create a renovation love story that you will cherish for years to come.

1. Choosing the Wrong Contractor 

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Don't be lured by the siren song of low renovation costs! Remember, contractors are as diverse as the colors in a rainbow - their experience, expertise, and service quality differ vastly. So, embark on a quest to gather budget ranges from various providers, keeping an eye out for the contractor who puts you at ease, making you feel confident and educated in your choices. After all, the right match can turn the renovation journey into a stress-free joyride.  

Pro Tip

Be sure to ask your potential contractor these 5 questions before selecting your perfect remodeler!


2. Not Being Mentally Prepared for the Unexpected 

Screenshot 2023-03-23 124953Get ready for an exciting rollercoaster ride when you take on a home renovation! Sure, you might think you're immune to the unexpected twists and turns, but let's face it - curveballs are part of the game. However, every remodeling company you meet with should be able to share with you the steps that make up their remodeling process and what they do to mitigate the unexpected.

At IHR, we are committed to creating a remodeling experience in which our clients feel empowered, dedicated, and in control of their remodeling project at all times.  One way we do this is by leveraging the IHR Remodeling Emotion Rollercoaster, a visual we created through surveying our past clients that connects the client's feelings to where they are in the remodeling project.  This guide gives our clients a point of reference, reassurance, and a sense of understanding so that they know what to expect as we get their project underway. Often, the IHR Project Manager will refer to the RRC guide when speaking with our clients during our bi-weekly meetings and we recommend that each of our clients put a copy of the guide on their fridge to refer to as often as needed!

3. Being Too Fearful of Layout Changes 


Transform your living space without breaking the bank! Contrary to popular belief, layout alterations don't always burn a hole in your pocket. By changing your layout, you can improve your homes functionality, customizing your home according to your needs to make it more enjoyable and useful. However, the benefits don't stop there, when you change your layout, you can boost your property value by adding new appliances, windows, doors, or even square footage you didn't know you had! So, if a time comes when you want to sell your home, it will call for a higher price value.

With all these exciting new ideas to be had, it’s better to hire an expert to direct you to the most valuable parts of your home to upgrade or remodel. Discuss your dream design with a contractor and uncover the true cost of bringing functionality to your home. By collaborating with an expert, you can work out a solution that aligns with your budget and delivers the desired result - a space that's uniquely yours! 

4. Choosing Aesthetics Over Function, Not Being Practical with Aspirations, Or Striving to Be Too Trendy 


Transforming your kitchen or bathroom into a mesmerizing masterpiece is undoubtedly tempting, but don't let those stunning visuals leave you yearning for another makeover sooner than expected. Instead, prioritize function over form by carefully considering your current usage and preferences of the space. Address the elements you appreciate and those you desire to be different, ensuring your remodel not only impresses the eyes but also serves your needs efficiently. After all, a beautifully harmonious blend of aesthetics and practicality is a true testament to exceptional design. 

Isn't it astonishing how often we overlook the practical aspects of our dream home? Take hardwood floors, for example. They're undeniably beautiful but also vulnerable to damage! So, if you're a dog owner, be prepared to bid farewell to your lovely new floors sooner than you'd expect.  

5. Continually Changing Your Mind 

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Picture this: a lightbulb moment shines upon you in the midst of your renovation project, tempting you to transform your space with newfound creativity. As alluring as these epiphanies are, they come with a price - time and money - especially when they disrupt the workhouse of your contractor's canvas. 

The secret to staying on track and maintaining your budget lies with a strategically laid out plan which is where IHR comes in! Before setting sail onto the seas of your project our project managers and interior designers work side by side with you, we delve into your ideas, explore their possibilities, expand or curtail them, and finally crystallize the scope of your project, this allows us to anchor your dream with a solid roadmap of your vision. With this blueprint in hand, we navigate boldly toward your dream design, resisting the sirens that coax you to alter course. With discipline and foresight, you'll reach the artistic shores of your perfect, well-planned haven.

Considering a remodel? We’re here to answer any questions you have about your project and how we work. 

There’s no such thing as too many questions. At Innovative Home Renovations, we’re completely dedicated to delivering absolutely beautiful results. Choosing a remodeling contractor is a big commitment, and we consider it an honor to work in your home and bring your vision to life. 

If you're planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel in the Northeast Seattle area, contact us for a complimentary discovery call!



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