14 Home Renovation Problems You'll Run Into In The Bay Area (13 Is Hard To Avoid)

Updated: Mar 29, 2020

Man renovating a house in the San Francisco Bay Area
Home renovations are tough, but here's how you can rehab like a pro!

The thought of remodeling your house is always exciting. However, a large scale home renovation project is almost guaranteed to come loaded with tons of challenges.

In this article, we'll take a deep dive into the 14 problems you're likely to run into during your next home renovation project in the San Francisco Bay Area. We'll even discuss what you can do to avoid them.

Fortunately for you, we've run into all of these issues and learned from them the hard way. Thanks to our hands-on experience, we can speak with confidence on this topic.

Reasons To Do A Home Renovation

Before signing up for a home renovation project, it's essential to understand your goals. Your goals play a significant role in how your renovation project will play out. Below are the three

common reasons you may decide to renovate your house.

Upgrade Your Living Space

You may be embarking on a home renovation project to upgrade your living space for yourself. In this case, you won't be tied to some of the constraints if you were renovating to sell the property or rent it out to a long term tenant.

Sell For A Higher Price

Completing upgrades before selling your house is a great way to increase its market value. It's critical to choose updates that will add the most value in the shortest amount of time. You also need to make sure severe issues a professional inspector would call out are fixed.

Conversion Into A Rental Property

Turning a home into a rental property is a great way to earn extra income and build equity. Depending on the market your house is located in, rental properties usually do not need as high-end materials as a house you're renovating to sell.

You can generally spend less money on renovating a house to turn into a rental property. For example, when selling a house, you may need to replace the roof if it's nearing the end of its useful life, and the buyer requests it.

When renovating a house to turn it into a rental, as long as the roof is safe and isn't leaking, potential renters probably won't care. Eventually, you'll have to replace the roof, but you can postpone it until absolutely necessary.

Most Important Rooms To Renovate

Some home renovations add more value to your property than others. If you're tied to a budget (and who isn't?), be sure to put your money where it's most valuable.


Kitchens are one of the most functionally utilized parts of the house. In no other room do we cook epic meals, wash dishes, cut fruit trays for summer get-togethers, you get it. The kitchen is an area that brings families and friends together.

Most buyers or renters will put a lot of weight on the look, feel, size, and functionality of the kitchen. Some upgrades you may want to consider are: