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5 Common Home Remodeling Myths Debunked


Home remodeling is a great way to transform your living space and increase the value of your property. Although home remodels are commonplace, there are still many myths that make homeowners hesitate to undergo such projects. In this blog, we’ll discuss five of the most common home remodeling myths to help you make informed decisions about your next project.  

Table of Contents

  • Myth 1: Remodeling Always Goes Over Budget

  • Myth 2: Home Remodeling is Only for Aesthetics

  • Myth 3: You Can DIY Any Remodeling Project

  • Myth 4: Remodeling Takes Forever

  • Myth 5: Permits Aren't Necessary for Small Projects

  • Conclusion

Myth 1: Remodeling Always Goes Over Budget

You’ve probably heard the myth about how home remodeling ALWAYS goes over budget. Of course some projects can run into unforeseen expenses and circumstances, but careful planning and a detailed contract can easily help keep your costs in check. An experienced contractor should provide you with clear estimates and include back up plans for unexpected issues to ensure your project stays within budget.

Myth 2: Home Remodeling is Only for Aesthetics

Contrary to popular opinion, remodeling is more than just making your house look nicer. Of course that’s a great goal, but remodeling is also about making your home more energy efficient, fixing functional issues, and making better use of your living spaces. Replacing old windows, updating your HVAC, and fixing roofing issues are all great aspects of remodeling that help to reduce your overall energy bills. You might not need new kitchen cabinets, but maybe you want to convert your attic into a living space, or turn your basement into something more than just a…basement. 

Myth 3: You Can DIY Any Remodeling Project

“I can do that myself.” Social media has skyrocketed the popularity of DIY culture, leading many homeowners to believe they can take on their own remodeling projects without expert help. Sure painting a room or maybe even installing a new light fixture is something you might be able to manage, but more difficult projects like structural changes or electrical work should be left to the pros. Attempting these projects without the proper knowledge and skills is a recipe for disaster that can easily create bigger problems and cost you tons of extra money. 

Myth 4: Remodeling Takes Forever

While many people are under the assumption that remodeling projects drag on forever and ever, they’re typically finished within a reasonable timeframe. Of course larger projects take longer to complete, but just because you’ve decided to remodel doesn’t mean it has to ruin your daily life. Proper planning and a great contractor with clear communication will help to set expectations and timelines, ensuring your project is finished on time and on budget. 

Myth 5: Permits Aren't Necessary for Small Projects

Just because you’re not building a castle in your backyard doesn’t mean you don’t need a permit. Even smaller projects like installing new windows, or making changes to plumbing and electrical systems often need permits. Sure you could do it without getting a permit, but why take the risk? You don’t want to end up dealing with unnecessary fines, legal issues, or major problems down the road when you go to sell your home. Checking your local regulations and permits in the beginning will save you a lot of stress (and possibly money) down the line. 


Understanding the common myths of home remodeling will help you approach your projects with confidence and understanding. The realities of remodeling are often not the stuff made of nightmares, but a dream come true. As long as you plan effectively, avoid common pitfalls, and hire a reputable contractor like ALC Remodel, your project will go off without a hitch. Don’t hesitate to contact us for help achieving the home of your dreams.


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