Many homeowners who are planning on completing a home renovation don’t consider creating a plan before beginning a renovation. This results in mistakes being made. Some can be big, some can be small, but they all have one thing in common. They don’t need to happen. Here are some common renovation mistakes and easy ways to avoid them.
Poor preparation: a planned out renovation takes preparation and lots of it. Establishing a detailed plan will help you stay on budget and on time. Set out a very specific agreement with your contractor before the work begins and get everything in writing. You should be able to see on paper how your renovation is going to go before it even starts.
Buying before planning: don’t buy your materials or appliances until your renovation is planned out and all measurements have been taken. Online or television ads and sales can be tempting, but that great deal isn’t going to save you any money if it doesn’t fit your measurements.
Ignoring issues: when you tear down walls or rip up floors, there’s a good chance you’re going to find something you weren’t expecting, especially in a older home. Electrical and plumbing issues need to be dealt with before you close the walls back up. It might be an unexpected cost, but it will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Cutting corners: don’t do it. Much like ignoring issues, cutting corners on materials or finishes is only going to cause problems in the future. It’s always better to go the extra mile and do it right the first time than having to go back a redo it. Hire competent professionals to do the job, buy quality materials and take the time to complete all the necessary steps.
Unlicensed trades: there are projects that any reliable contractor can take on; then there are specialized projects that require a licensed professional to complete. Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, asbestos removal, and anything else to do with gas or the structure of your home should always be completed by a licensed professional in that specific trade.
Too much DIY: it’s okay if you’re an ambitious homeowner who wants to take part in your renovations, but there does come a point when it’s best to hand it over to the professionals. Projects such as cabinetry installation, complicated tile work and carpentry are beyond what many homeowners can accomplish and can end up reducing the value of your home if done incorrectly. The best step to be involved in is demolition, it’s the most fun anyways!
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