As Seen on TV: Home renovations can be harder than they appear

If you’ve spent any time watching HGTV and shows about home renovations, you may have a false impression about how easy and inexpensive it can be to build the kitchen, deck or house of you dreams. [Spoiler alert: most renovations take a lot longer than what you see during a half hour TV show.]

Here are a few things to think about so your renovation project goes more like Drew and Jonathan Scott from Property Brothers and less like Tom Hanks in The Money Pit.

Get expert advice

Whether you’ve tackled renovation projects before or are a newbie, it helps to have a realistic sense of what you can do, and when you need to call on an expert, if only for sound advice. We offer quotes and expert design services for kitchens and baths. Stop by our showroom for inspiration, and talk to our experts about your vision. You’ll also want to check with your city or town to find out what type of permits and inspections you’ll need. This information may help drive what kind of help you will need to complete your project.

Prepare for the unexpected

Some surprises are good—like finding beautiful hardwood floors when you pull out old carpeting—and other are less so—like discovering wood rot instead. You never know what you’ll find when you start demolition, so be sure you’ve included wiggle room in your project budget. Things like wiring and plumbing issues, damage from pests, finding asbestos and more can add time and expense to any project. Assume up front that you will encounter obstacles, so you have the resources in reserve to address them.

Be realistic

Major renovations are expensive. A lot of what you see on television does not include a dollar amount for the workers hired by the show, but in real life, labor costs add up quickly. Know what items you are willing to compromise on to stay within budget and still be happy with the outcome. For example, if quartz countertops blow your budget, consider granite or marble, and just use quartz for the island and make that a showpiece. Additionally, if relocating certain utilities, like plumbing, is not fiscally feasible, look for alternative layouts.

When it comes to home renovations, count on us for the expert advice, design solutions and quality products, materials and tools you’ll need so the big reveal is everything you hoped for.