Last month, the Science Channel crowned the hosts of the new MythBusters after a grueling competition.
We're fans of people who bust myths for a living, so we thought we'd join in on the fun by busting a couple of myths that plague the renovation industry.
Definitely share this newsletter with anyone you know who's planning a renovation this spring or summer...it's good info to have.
Myth #1: All renovation contractors are unprofessional people who couldn't get a real job.
FACT: While there are many individuals and/or companies who refer to themselves as building or renovation contractors (some qualified and some not), a little due diligence on the part of a homeowner can quickly separate the qualified professionals from the fly-by-night operations.
Today's professional renovation contractors are well educated business owners who are constantly working to keep up on the latest trends and refine the process so they can offer their clients the best value possible.
Of course, a good renovation project includes skilled artistry, but the bulk of what makes a project successful is clear communication, excellent management, and responsible business practices. All of this will help produce a project that meets or exceeds the homeowner's expectations.
(Psst: download our free checklist regarding questions you should ask renovation contractors.)
Myth #2: Renovation contractors are less skilled than new construction contractors.
FACT: Building new homes is the basis for learning to complete complicated renovation projects. In new home construction, everything is level and square, most of the components are readily available from local building suppliers, and the construction process is generally the same for every home.
In contrast, renovation of older homes requires knowledge of a vast array of building systems and the ability to adapt to less than ideal conditions, such as floors and walls that are out of level and out of square.
In addition, the contractor has to be able to assess the existing conditions, including past remodeling that may have adversely affected the structure. The contractor must merge the old and new framing and finishes seamlessly to make the new renovations look like they were always meant to be there. Millwork (including moldings, doors, and cabinets) may have to be custom fabricated to match the existing trim or architecture.
In short, only the most experienced craftsman are qualified to renovate/restore older homes.
If you have a home you'd like to renovate (or you know someone who does), get in touch and let's discuss your project.