Are you planning to renovate a section of your home soon? Then, naturally, there are certain things you need to keep in mind. Among these are a list of home renovation dos and don’ts. Simply put, too many people make home renovation mistakes, both large ones and small ones, that just don’t need to happen. Below are five of the home renovation mistakes that you absolutely have to avoid during the course of your project!
1. Poor Preparation
You can’t skimp on planning if you want your next home renovation project to be a success. A quality renovation takes a whole lot of preparation to keep it in check. Preparation involves keeping a detailed budget, a specific agreement with any home contractor you might use, accurate measurements, and a thorough plan of how your renovation is going to play out. Remember not to buy any materials until you have a solid written plan first.
2. Using Cheap Materials
There is no getting around it: cheap building materials are cheap for a reason. And this reason is that they are of a lesser (oftentimes a much lesser) quality than more expensive materials. When it comes to renovating your home, you absolutely can’t skimp on the materials used. You don’t have to invest in the most expensive options available but you should invest in ones that have a reputation for quality and durability. Things like cheap kitchen cabinets that get a lot of use will cause you more pain than they're worth.
3. Ignoring Issues
Starting a home renovation project often unearths a fair share of surprises. There is a good chance that you will uncover something unexpected as you go about the renovation process. This is especially true of electrical and plumbing issues in older homes. Instead of ignoring issues by telling yourself you’ll handle them later, it is essential to tackle them as they come up. It might cost a little more upfront but it will save you a boatload of money down the road.
4. Cutting Corners
Cutting corners, like ignoring issues, might not seem like a big deal at first, but it can cost you some serious cash down the road. So don’t skimp on materials or finishes or try to do things the cheap way. Go the extra mile so you know the job is done right the first time. You won’t have to worry about it becoming a money-sucking problem later on. Don't cut corners when patching drywall or painting. Most homeowners can paint a house beautifully if they take the right steps.
5. Trying to Do It All Yourself
While we’re all about DIY (and encourage it for certain home projects), there is such a thing as too much DIY. When it comes to home renovation, many people try to do everything themselves in an attempt to save money. Sure, there are some aspects of home renovation you can effectively do yourself, but there are others that only a professional should attempt. Projects like carpentry, plumbing work, and cabinetry installation are beyond the skillset of most homeowners. Hanging drywall like a pro can be done by the average homeowner.
Along these same lines, make sure you hire a licensed and reliable contractor for all your projects. General contractors can take on most projects, but electrical, plumbing, and HVAC related work often needs to be done by a professional licensed in that specific trade. The same goes for asbestos removal, structural work, and anything related to gas.