The Top 8 Worst Mobile Home Remodeling Mistakes
Renovation seems like an obvious solution to any surface problems with your mobile home while improving its value. It can be exciting, and the end results breathtaking. But the process is littered with potential pitfalls. Many inexperienced and even some more experienced remodelers can get stuck along the way.
Here are eight of the worst mobile home remodeling mistakes that people make and a few pro tips on avoiding them.
#1 Not budgeting
Sadly, many remodels are abandoned halfway through because the owners have run out of money. Other times people have to run up debt to cover the expenses.
The importance of working out a budget cannot be overstated. This should be the starting point of any renovation project.
The budget should take the following aspects into account:
- Contractor’s commission
- Inspection fees
- Transport costs
- Unexpected delays or repairs
All of your plans should be based on what you can pay or are willing to pay.
#2 Not expecting the unexpected
In a renovation project of any scale, things typically can and do go wrong. From materials going missing, to burst pipes, it’s Murphy’s law.
One mistake that beginners often make is not to plan for these eventualities.
You’re probably asking yourself if it is even possible to expect the unexpected. While you can’t predict the future, you could anticipate potential issues that can arise.
Ask yourself what all the features you are going to work on are and what the risks are. You could also ask your contractor or inspector for advice.
Don’t be caught unawares, leave some extra room in the budget for any unforeseen costs and allot more time than is absolutely necessary.
#3 Rushing in
Many passionate homeowners let their excitement run away with them. They jump into the enterprise without much thought.
In this case, spontaneity generally isn’t the ideal. Don’t just take a hammer to the wall.
Without planning, you can cause unnecessary damage or make unnecessary work for yourself. It’s good to work out what you want to do beforehand and in what order you’re going to tackle the tasks.
#4 Making too many changes
Any decisions you make about renovations are big ones. They can have dramatic impacts on your life and your home experience. You can never fully imagine how everything will look once it’s been installed or built.
So it’s no surprise that you might regret a few decisions and try to adapt your plans.
However, making too many changes can genuinely cost you. It can cost you in terms of money, time, effort and stress. In the end, it can hamper the project and make it challenging to complete.
Work out a design beforehand and try to stick with it as much as possible. You should carefully think out every component and how each of these will go together.
#5 Mistaken measures
Have you ever tried to fit a six-foot cabinet on a five-foot wall?
If so, you know the incredible frustration of measuring incorrectly. This is one of those mistakes that we all make one time or another. Unfortunately, it’s one that can truly haunt you.
Work smart, and instead measure everything twice. And write down all the measurements and have them on hand whenever you order materials or fixtures.
#6 Doing it all yourself
DIY projects can be extremely satisfying. There’s nothing like being able to look down at your creation with pride. But you need to take a good hard look at yourself first.
Do you have any building experience? Have you ever attempted anything of this scale?
You want to be sure you can handle the project. While a new challenge can be exciting, you don’t want to make potentially costly and even dangerous mistakes.
If you feel you lack the necessary skill or knowledge it can be best to hire a contractor. Even if it is to handle only a few of the more challenging aspects of the project.
#7 Choosing just any contractor
But be aware that not any contractor will do. You need to make sure that you hire a reliable professional who can get it done right the first time.
So how do you make sure you are hiring a pro?
- Ask for references.
- Compare quotes from different companies.
- Make sure they have the right licenses.
- Check whether they know about local permits and regulations.
Read here for critical questions that you need to ask your contractor before you get them on board.
#8 Forgo the permits
For many people, permits may seem like unnecessary redtape. But not applying for the correct documentation can get you into real hot water.
You could be fined, the project could be halted, or it could even be torn down.
The policies and regulations around this change from state to state so you will need to do some research. But the following are projects that typically need a permit:
- Changes to the footprint of the house
- Cutting out a new space for a window
- Replacing a water heater
- Some cities require that you take out a permit when building a fence of a specified height.
- You usually need one to install new plumbing or electrical services and sometimes to remove existing connections.
- Permits are necessary if you make structural changes to the support system of the home.
- You will need to get one in some states for a project which costs over a certain amount.
Key to success
Don’t let these possible stumbling blocks put you off. Most of these mistakes can be easily avoided. Caution is king in this case. It can save you time and money and help you transform your mobile home into a stunner.
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