Common Reasons for Home Renovation Fails

Completing a home renovation can be one of the most exciting times for any homeowner. Whether successfully wrapping up a bathroom remodel or adding a new room to your property, a finished renovation creates a new sense of pride and comfort within a home.


While most renovation projects end with satisfied owners, it’s also easy for a home renovation to head south and ultimately end in failure and an unfinished project.


What’s the Cost of a Home Renovation Fail?


Even a small bathroom renovation can cost a homeowner in the ballpark of $10,000+. The financial loss alone is something that can take years to recover from.


A home renovation gone wrong means you’ll have to go back to square one, hire a new contractor, pay even more money to fix mistakes or continue living unhappily and uncomfortably in an incomplete home.


Top 6 Reasons Why Home Renovations Fail


So, why do home renovations fail? There are many reasons why best laid plans may never see the light of day.


Let’s review six of them and how Shepherd Roofing & Renovations can help you avoid delays and enjoy your beautiful renovation for years to come.


DIY Home Renovation


Getting a renovation done on your own could bring out a sense of pride that leaves you wanting to show off your hard work to your friends and family. However, over 50 percent of homeowners that work on DIY remodels don’t love the final product.

Whether the project seemed easy at the start or you just didn’t have the right tools for the job. DIY efforts can easily end in frustration, disappointment and a half-finished job.


Poor Budgeting


Planning is everything with a great renovation project, starting with the budget. Knowing how much materials and contractors will cost for your project ensures everything goes off without a hitch, and your project stays on deadline.


No contractor will work for free. When budgeting falls behind, so does the work. Sadly, it can be difficult to catch up to a busted budget, and many projects that suffer this fate go unfinished.


Scheduling Delays


Your renovation’s deadline depends on several schedules falling into place. 


From contractors having enough time to complete the job to materials being ordered on time, to ensuring that your home is ready for construction, a lot must fall into place for a renovation to succeed.


Scheduling delays can set a project back so far that owners could easily become so frustrated that they give up on a partially completed project.


Pre-Existing Problems


Construction projects can uncover massive problems that prevent the renovation from moving forward.
Mold, asbestos, and rotting foundations are some of the most common pre-existing problems that keep projects in limbo.


Unreliable Contractors


Your contractor should have a schedule for your project and stick to it.  Long lunch breaks, odd hours, and random days off are just a few red flags that your contractor mis unreliable.  We’ve even heard horror stories where contractors up and leave before the job is done never to return!  There are things you can do to vet a contractor before hiring.  Ask around for word-of-mouth reviews. Talk to their references.  Ensure your contractor carries liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. Check with the state of Texas to ensure your remodeler has a valid business license.



Failing to obtain permits for renovations can lead to massive setbacks and incomplete projects. Your contracting team can help you file the proper permits to ensure your renovation starts off without a hitch.


Avoid Renovation Delays and Frustration with Shepherd Roofing & Renovations


Your home renovation should be something you can be proud of and feel good about investing time and money in. The first place to start getting the ROI you need is working with the right Dallas contractor. 


At Shepherd Roofing & Renovations, we have decades of experience perfecting interior and exterior home renovations for our clients. We are here to make your home look and feel its best.


Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with our team to discuss your next dream project.