Turning your home into a home requires a lot of hard work, a good eye, and a sharp mind. The bay windows that you want to set up in the living room, the bath you would like to place in the bathroom, and the hardwood floors you want to set up in the living room can be a design challenge and a nightmare for yourself. Remodeling is a stressful business and it is best to avoid these 10 mistakes while renovating your home.
1. Purchase of cheap materials
One of the biggest (and meanest) mistakes you can make when renovating your home is buying cheap materials. Compromises in the quality of materials used in renovations defeat the entire purpose of the renovation. Be wary of cheap substances as this will only increase your expenses in the long run.
2. Inaccurate measurements
Accurate measurements are extremely important when rebuilding your home. If your measurements deviate by one centimeter, the renovation will be uneven and asymmetrical. Keep in mind that accurate measurements are the basis for pricing and sourcing materials and other resources. It is a core element in any renovation project, and you should not be wrong about it.
3. Use the wrong tools
Make sure you invest in the right tools. Using the tools incorrectly or buying the wrong tools can be harmful to you or your environment. Be very careful and research before buying renovation equipment.
5. Underestimate costs
Keep in mind that regardless of how well you have budgeted your remodeling project, you have to bear unforeseen costs. Problems creep in when you start the renovation. Make sure your account takes these extra costs into account when creating your budget. Cost overruns are a cliché and you could blow up your budget. Make sure you add an additional 20 percent to your cost calculations.
6. Ignore rules and regulations
Do not undertake projects without observing local laws. Some remodeling projects require approval, and laws vary from place to place. Ask the local authority if you need permission to plan and build.
7. Forgot about security
Your safety is the key. Make sure you are well equipped with goggles and gloves to protect yourself from sharp tools and the like. In case of emergency, keep a first aid kit. And remember to be careful.
8. Hire the wrong contractor
While contractors may be experts in the nitty-gritty of the remodeling process, you are the expert when it comes to knowing what you want from the renovations. Make sure you hire a contractor who understands your needs and requirements.
9. Accept more than you can handle
Do not bite more than you can chew. Taking shortcuts and having no plan can lead to unsatisfactory and sloppy work. You must approach the project in an organized manner, with a clear goal of what you want to achieve.
10. Give the cheapest provider
If you want what’s best for your home, then you want the best contractor. Do not limit your choices by choosing a contractor that charges a more than affordable fee. Receive written estimates from at least three to four contractors and then make your decision. These estimates should relate to details of the cost of the permit, the waste management plan, the insurance, the handling of the designs, and so on.