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‘Remodeling Perfection’ is an Oxymoron

As you may already know firsthand, expecting everything to go perfectly in a remodeling or rebuilding project is wishful thinking at its best and pure delirium at its worst. From a countertop that is scratched to a cabinet that won’t stay closed to a new appliance that won’t fit through the front door, issues happen. And the sooner we can accept this fact, the better.

The trick is to be flexible while trying to avoid as many mistakes as possible. A recent article from Consumer Reports details some of the oversights and blunders homeowners have experienced, as well as suggestions on how you might be able to avoid making them. Here are some of the scary details:

Getting bit in the hindsight. One remorseful homeowner regrets the decision to save money by keeping the kitchen windows small. Years later, the limited light and connection to the outside still haunt her. The best approach is to consider potential architectural issues in advance of starting any work.


Measure twice, cut once. Because a contractor didn’t heed the carpenter’s creed while measuring for a new countertop, a homeowner won’t be able to pull her refrigerator from the wall in case it needs repair.  Of course, she can always have the countertop removed, again. This leads to the next example.

Goldilocks was wrong. When getting three cost estimates for a new remodeling job, common sense says to pick the price in the middle. But as one homeowner discovered, the middle may mean mediocre or worse, including cabinet doors that were hung wrong, as well as newly painted walls that had chips and a chalky appearance. The best advice is to personally check out a contractor’s previous work before signing on the dotted line.

Adapted from Consumer Reports Kitchen Planning & Buying Guide