Myth Busting: Office & Home Renovation Myths

When dealing with homeowners and business owners considering renovations, we have heard a wide range of incorrect assumptions about the process. Unfortunately, it’s easy to stumble on bad advice from friends or coworkers – or even on the internet. It’s always best to talk directly to a trusted contractor about any questions or concerns. Let’s discuss some of the most common myths we hear about office and home renovation.

[Myth #1] You Can DIY Your Way Through It

While we appreciate the handiness and know-how of some homeowners, there are major pitfalls to approaching a job with no professional help. In many cases, the scope of work itself warrants a contractor, architect, or designer. When making major renovations, you can become quickly overwhelmed by the process. A kitchen renovation, for example, has a lot of moving parts. Between cabinet and counter-top fitting, flooring, and appliances, the timing of your orders and delivery must be precise. As experts in the field, we can help you make the best choices for all the finishes that matches your aesthetic vision with function. And, we make sure installation goes smoothly. 

[Myth #2] You Can Make Changes Constantly

Working with a contractor or other professional does not mean you can call or email with changes when you have a new idea. We know that it’s easy to get derailed by choices or the latest trend. But, our job is to keep your bottom line at the forefront of each project. Too many changes cause delays and can end up costing you extra money in labor and materials for re-working. At each stage in the process, there is a cutoff for changes. This ensures the work is completed on time and on budget. 

[Myth #3] Investing In Sustainable Choices Is A Waste

During the course of planning, a contractor may suggest to you features like high quality windows or premium priced materials like wood and tile. These recommendations are not designed to blow your budget, but rather to help you save money in the long term. Quality materials save utility and maintenance costs, and we know they are absolutely worth the investment despite what you may have heard. In addition to using sustainable materials, an architect may even be able to save you money by orienting your building in a certain direction to take advantage of seasonal sun angles. That is why it’s so important to have a trusted relationship with your contractor and team.

Dunlap has been dependable partner for office and home renovation and construction needs in the Western North Carolina area for over 30 years. We have seen the results of poorly planned renovations when clients come to us for help after the fact. Our mission is to help you realize your home renovation goals in a time and budget friendly way. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions about how you can get your next project started with us.

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