Comments (29)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
My rotten contractor hadtheheat blasting and the gas fire place 24/7. I was on strict bed rest pregnant with my twins at my sis's across town. Idiot husband never checked after work. He lived at his moms. A 9 mos time frame turned into 14. The bills were horrific when we finally received them (they were lost). I wish we had this six years ago. Good article
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Jeannie Nguyen
Hi everyone! We're having a Live Houzz Chat all about Remodeling Tips today at 11am Pacific! Come stop by and say hi. :)
1 Like    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Zequek Estrada

Lisa, I really appreciate the insight you shared. My spouse and I want to have our house remodeled. This gave us a better idea of what we need to be prepared for, especially that point about how you don't really know what's going on until the walls are torn out. I imagine we'll be fine as long as we are working with a trusted home contractor. 

1 Like    
Related Stories
Contractor Tips Contractor Tips: 10 Remodel Surprises to Watch Out For
Know the potential setbacks before you start to save headaches and extra costs in the middle of a renovation
Full Story 18
Working With Pros How to Work With a Remodeler
Avoid costly mistakes and get exactly the upgrade you want for your home by working with a professional remodeler
Full Story 15
Budgeting Your Project Contractor Tips: How to Shop for Your Remodel
Small mistakes in buying remodeling materials can add up to huge cost overruns. Here's how to get things right the first time
Full Story 28
Shop Houzz Quick Delivery Remodeling Essentials With Free Shipping
By Houzz
Find stylish upgrades for every space — order by 4 p.m. EST on December 14 for delivery before December 25!
See Products
Architecture Plan Your Home Remodel: The Design and Drawing Phase
Renovation Diary, Part 2: A couple has found the right house, a ranch in Florida. Now it's time for the design and drawings
Full Story 18
Contractor Tips Contractor Tips: What Your Contractor Really Means
Translate your contractor's lingo to get the communication on your home project right
Full Story 81
Budgeting Your Project Contractor Tips: 10 Ways to Get the Remodel You Want for Less
Lighten the load on your remodeling budget without sacrificing your design by heeding this insider advice
Full Story 19
Kitchen Design Expert Talk: Design Lessons From 9 Stunning Kitchens
Architects share a behind-the-scenes look at the design decisions for some of their most interesting kitchen projects
Full Story 13
Shop Houzz Faux Fur, Cashmere and Luxe Accessories
By Houzz
Surround yourself with rich textures and elegant accents
See Products
Life Decorate With Intention: 12 Remodeling Sanity Savers
When the idealistic visions subside and reality sets in, these tips can help keep your spirits up and your work on track
Full Story 55