We all know that new homeowners are the top prospects for water treatment products, remodeling and home improvement. There’s just one catch…

First-time homeowners are often so excited with their new purchase that they rush into remodeling projects before they’re ready. Homeowners who take on a residential remodeling project really need to know what they’re getting into.

Here are 10 of the biggest remodeling mistakes every new homeowner makes (Water dealers — take note):

1. Neglecting to make a budget

CBS News reports that 37 percent of people who take on a home improvement project do so without first setting a budget. The budget is one of the most crucial parts of a home remodeling project. Knowing your budget will allow you to set realistic expectations for your remodel. Without a budget, remodeling costs can easily grow out of control.

2. Neglecting to prioritize

Many times the most fun remodeling projects are the least urgent. Kitchen renovations and bathroom upgrades sound glamorous, but deferred maintenance — like a new roof — should take priority. Also take note of timing when prioritizing. If a home in Connecticut is in need of a new roof and winter is on the way, a new roof should definitely take priority over a new bathtub.

3. Hiring contractors without checking referrals

New homeowners need to do their homework and check out who they are considering working with.

4. Neglecting to make a family plan

Residential construction usually involves some amount of inconvenience while it’s happening. If your kitchen will be unusable for a few days, or if you’ll be reduced to using only one toilet for an afternoon, prepare your family and make a plan to avoid arguments.

5. Using poor quality materials

New homeowners who stick to a budget may be tempted to skimp on materials in order to save money. This may seem like a good idea at first but it doesn’t pay off in the long run. Inexpensive systems don’t last long and will cost more money to replace later.

6. DIY remodeling

Unfortunately, many first-time homeowners simply don’t have the expertise to successfully install a water treatment system or undertake a remodeling project. DIY projects seem like a good idea before work begins, but online tutorials and home improvement books don’t always provide enough instruction to get the job done properly. Some projects are just better left to the professionals!

7. Choosing energy-inefficient appliances

Going green is the way of the future. Green appliances are often a little more costly upfront, but they save money over time by lowering energy bills and increasing the resale value of your home. Water treatment products are great energy-saving, eco-conscious products!

8. Hiring a handyman instead of a contractor

Handymen, while less expensive, are not contractors and cannot be treated as such. New homeowners need to hire someone who is certified, trained and qualified to install a water system and train family members in proper use and maintenance.

9. Failing to understand the project

Research, research, research. New homeowners need to know what’s realistic in order to avoid hiring a contractor that will promise anything — even if it’s a bad idea — just to get the job.

10. Improperly vetting contractors

Know who you’re hiring and be sure to hire a contractor with a reputation for excellence. Ask to see a portfolio to prove your chosen contractor can get the job done right. Water quality dealers who are WQA members should prominently display their affiliation and certifications.

Thank you to Kevin Ahern with Litchfield Builders in New Haven, CT for supplying a lot of this information.